Out our back bedroom window we have this view. There is a small street, then a wall, and inside the wall a quaint, one-story dwelling with palm trees around it. We are told that at one time this city was covered with these Japanese homes.
This island has been controlled by many different peoples over the years. First there were aborigines which still exist and make up about 2% of the Taiwanese population. Then there was the Chinese colonization during the Qing dynasty. The Dutch controlled it for a while and in the 19th century the Japanese tried to take it over. They were not successful until 1895, after which they ruled here for 50 years, until the end of World War II. They tried to make the people learn the language and attend Japanese schools (the lucky few who got schooling). Now, after 65 years, there still are some of these buildings around the city. Most of them are owned by the government, we are told. As they need space for other things, they tear them down.
We have been told about a house being there one day, being torn down the next, and replaced with a park the next. A week of two ago they tore down the wall in front of this house and we expected to see it demolished the next day. This is located one block from our apartment.
The owner of this car has not moved it for quite a while. They were able to build the wall, but they were not able to plaster the brick for the section next to the car.
In the background you can see a Japanese house, and I suspect there was one in the foreground, but it has been replaced by a parking lot.