These were taken while wandering around Hsinchu on 2-27. I’ll start off with some paper flowers that were intricate in their detail and presentation – there were actually many more, but I liked how the macro-type effect worked here. The swastikas are ancient good luck symbols in Asia and have a much different connotation here. It’s interesting how symbols work – in the West, these would obviously at least be questioned by many because of how this symbol of fortune was in some ways destroyed or ruined. On the other hand in Taiwan, I’ve actually seen a man (unknowingly?) wear a World War II/Nazi-era flag sticker on his motorcycle helmet.