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TAIWAN Taichung 〜Taichung。Sweets at Miyahara Ophthalmology. Formosa – Beautiful Island

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Taichung Prefectural Hall. Completed in 1924  Designed by Matsunosuke Moriyama
It is a Baroque-style building that formerly served as Taichung City Hall during the Japanese occupation era. Having survived history, it remains a precious and functional symbol of the city.
There is a great deal we can learn from Taiwan. Here in Japan, there remain markedly few such splendid buildings.

 

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Quite near Taichung Station, you will find a building constructed of red brick called “Miyagawa [Miyagawa Ophthalmology]”.
As its name suggests, it is where a Japanese doctor named Miyahara opened a clinic during the Japanese occupation.

 

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After the war it was utilized for government offices. Then, after several decades of neglect, it claimed its name.

 

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That same building, while bearing the title of an ophthalmology clinic, has been transformed into a lovely sweets shop.

 

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Redeeming the old and the beautiful.
Reviving nostalgia in the present day.

 

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At one time, Taiwan was called “Formosa”.
In Portuguese, FORMOSA=BEAUTIFUL (ISLAND).
Beyond Taipei,
the Beautiful Island city of Taichung.