(Click to enlarge) This lovely shot (which is as close to the promised Blade Runner-esque chaos as I've come to offering) was taken by Kim at the Damshui Fisherman's Wharf area, a sort of a non-seedy Coney Island [So not like Coney Island at all then - ed.] near Taipei. Though touristy, it's really a pretty good time, with shops selling every imaginable thing, a lot of great street food, a diverse crowd of Taiwanese and foreigners, and arcades!
(Click to enlarge) This is me playing a video game that by all rights should become the next Dance Dance Revolution and sweep the world. Instead of hitting an arrow on the floor with your foot at the proper time as you do in DDR you hit one of those traditional Japanese drums. You're actually drumming along to some sort of traditional Japanese song and it's really fun. The first time I played I only got 40% rhythm, but then I let the rhythm move me man and I got 72%. A whole crowd was gathered around to watch this foreigner play. I would love to see this game in American arcades but it would never work because they couldn't trust people with these heavy drumsticks. Kids would either steal them or hit each other with them. Too bad.
(Click to enlarge) I took this picture too slowly to get what I was going for. A second or two before I snapped this guy was making Indian roti or naan bread by throwing it into the air like a pizza crust. I thought it was cool that there was Indian food right on the Fisherman's Wharf. In South Korea, where I've lived for a year, they have Indian food, but that just means a handful of high-end restaurants in Seoul and Pusan that cater almost exclusively to foreigners. I was pretty impressed that Taiwan, besides these types of Indian restaurants, also has little places tucked into corners of everyday street scenes and catering to Taiwanese people as well as foreigners.