Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Eternal Spring: Part Six / 永遠の春:第六巻 / 永遠之春天:己


Just a handful of remaining photos from the Hungchwun area.  First some assorted scenery photos:



A notice not to litter, pointedly written in both real and simplified Chinese letters.  They use simplified letters in China, so we all know which tourists this sign is aimed at.



Some weird monument at the southernmost tip of the island of Taiwan.

The southernmost point


Up north a bit is this monument erected by the Japanese government.  The Japanese government's first foray into Taiwan was the 1874 Botan Incident.  This was actually a huge incident in the history of Japan, Taiwan, Qing Manchuria, and the Ryukyu Kingdom.  A shipload of people from one of the Ryukyu islands washed up on Taiwan and were attacked by local Paiwanese people.  Japan sued Manchuria over this, and because of how the Qing government responded, they de facto acknowledged Japanese rule over Ryukyu.  (They contested this interpretation, of course.)  Furthermore, the Qing responded that the actions of "uncivilized" tribes on the island were not their responsibility, thereby weakening their claim to be in control of the island.

The Japanese decided to solve the problem of the murdered sailors themselves and sent an invasion force.  They killed a bunch of Paiwanese people, but eventually pulled out before the thing blew up into a full-out war with Manchuria.  However, this incident did a lot to reveal the weakness of the Qing government, and gave the Japanese government confidence to eventually go to war with them in 1895 and receive the whole island of Taiwan as part of the peace negotiations.

The letters have, of course, been changed.  Like many Japanese-era monuments, this one did not survive the post-war anti-Japanese movement untouched.



There was something here originally.  It was probably put up by the Japanese government and was therefore torn down by the Chinese Nationalist government when they took over Taiwan.



The surrounding countryside.


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