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Taiwan’s Storyhouse

April 17th, 2012

Yunlin Storyhouse in Huwei, Yunlin, Taiwan

The town of Huwei is located in Taiwan’s Yunlin County, a flat land with rich soil and abundant waters, close to the mountains and home to many farms and many farmers. Far away from the hectic hustle and bustle of Taipei, Huwei is a small town where the pace of life is much slower and tradition runs very deep, and at its heart you will find a very special place called Storyhouse.

Storyhouse calls itself “the home of stories”. It is located in a distinctive Japanese-style building that was formerly the residence of the local County Magistrate and is one of the best surviving examples of Japanese-style architecture from Taiwan’s Japanese Colonial Period (1895-1945). Threatened with demolition several years ago, it was preserved thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of scholars, historical societies and members of the local community. Now fully restored to its original splendor, Storyhouse has become a centre for local life, culture and the arts.

Yunlin Storyhouse celebrates the local towel industry with "towel puppets"

Storyhouse is operated by the Yunlin Storyteller Association, a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to collecting and sharing everyone’s stories. Staff and volunteers pay tribute to Taiwanese culture and the local community by hosting a wide range of workshops and events, including regular storytelling sessions, traditional puppet shows, parent-child towel doll workshops (inspired by Huwei’s towel industry), Chinese New Year Celebrations and even international events like the annual Yunlin International Puppetry Festival.

A dancer performs during Chinese New Year Celebration at Yunlin Storyhouse

To learn more about Yunlin Storyhouse please visit www.ylstoryhouse.org.tw.

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