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Eternal Life and Loneliness: Taiso Yoshitoshi “Chang E Flees to the Moon”

Eternal Life and Loneliness: Taiso Yoshitoshi “Chang E Flees to the Moon”

As the moon waxes and wanes, it denotes that the Moon Festival is right around the corner. Speaking of the Moon Festival, how can we miss the story of Chang E Fleeing to the Moon? In Chinese legend, Chang E was a daughter of an ancient emperor and later married a famous archer, Hou-Yi. She was unsatisfied with her noble life and wanted to be immortal, so she stole an elixir of life and fled into the night sky…

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A Journey Through History with an Antique Medicine Box

A Journey Through History with an Antique Medicine Box

In a modern scene, the salesmen shuttle in and out with black suitcases to sell medication to hospitals. In the early days of China, we can spot some counterparts of such figures— the so-called medicine sellers, who traveled from one province to another with brown wooden chests such as this one to distribute pharmaceuticals…

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Behind the Moon Festival: How Mooncakes Bring Family Together

Behind the Moon Festival: How Mooncakes Bring Family Together

The idea of cake, in China, is to deliver gratitude to the ancestors and the deities of heaven and earth, to convey the blessing to friends and relatives, and to picture hopes and imaginations for life. In conclusion, the Taiwanese have mooncakes to celebrate family reunions…

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