Taipei City God Festival

Like so much of Taiwan’s traditional temple culture, the Taipei City God traces its origins to Fujian in China. In the early nineteenth century the image of the Xia Hai City God was brought across the Taiwan Strait to Taipei, first making its home in present day...

Geisha in Tokyo

One of the most recognisable and misunderstood elements in Japan is the geisha. I’ve heard it said that the life is in decline in modern Japan with few girls and women undertaking the training necessary to become a geisha. While photographing the Sanja Matsuri...
Faces in a Protest Crowd

Faces in a Protest Crowd

These days Taipei has a kind of “another day, another protest” feel about it. This time around it was an anti-nuclear event, an issue that has been at the forefront of community concerns over the past couple of years, especially since the time of the...
Scenes From A Blockade

Scenes From A Blockade

For the past week here in Taipei, student protesters have been occupying the Legislative Yuan in protest over a cross-strait trade service agreement with China, and what they claim is the undemocratic passage of the pact through Taiwan’s parliament. The protest...
Prayers For The Year of the Horse

Prayers For The Year of the Horse

Xin Nian Kuai Le or Happy New Year. In the Chinese lunar calendar it’s now the year of the horse, and all over the greater Chinese world, millions of people have been busy with family reunions, celebrations, prayers and enjoying some well-earned time off. Across...
Chinese Lunar New Year Market

Chinese Lunar New Year Market

Lunar new year is the most important holiday throughout the Chinese world, and in Taiwan that’s no exception. As we prepare to enter the year of the horse in another 10 days or so, shoppers begin to flock to new year markets set up to provide snacks, dried...