Also spelled as Juifen, Chuifen literally translates as nine families or nine sets. This is because the old mining town was established as such. These days, there’s no more mining going on. Instead, it serves more as a preserved glimpse into the past for the small mountain town. It serves as a movie set (and a tourist trap).
So, how does this play into the title of today’s blog post? Well, in addition to some of the good eats I enjoyed there (check my Flickr photostream), I also picked up an ocarina. Video game fans will likely best know the ocarina from the Legend of Zelda series.
I’m not really into RPGs, nor am I particularly musically inclined, but I couldn’t help but buy one. Back in my elementary school days, I learned how to play the recorder (poorly), so hopefully that will help with teaching myself to play the ocarina. Then, perhaps one day, I can do this:
We all need a hobby and a channel for creative expression, right? Since I already play Rock Band, this ocarina should be a piece of cake. (Ha!)
Here are a few more photos from Chuifen Village: