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Reminisce the Century-old Stores Lin-fu-zhen Store and Qian-yuan Pharmacy on Dihua Street
The first image of Dihua Street in Da-tong district, Taipei is an old street full of Chinese medicine shops, dried goods stores and fabric stores. Reminiscing the development of Dihua Street, it is located in an area called “Dadaocheng” which became a street in 19th Century. Foreign companies came to Tamsui and built their career after Tamsui Customs Wharf was established in 1860. The trading of tea activated the commercial developments in Dadaocheng area. In the end of the 19th Century, Dadaocheng became the trading hub in northern Taiwan.

"Papers of Ikeda Kōjin" Now Online

Ikeda Kōjin (1884-1924), a graduate of Tokyo Imperial University’s Law School, was the ninth chief of the Taiwan Sotokufu Monopoly Bureau. From a low-ranking legal bureaucrat to a prominent civil official, he made a great impact on Taiwan’s monopoly system that generated huge revenue for the Japanese colonial government. Besides, the contacts he built between Taiwan and Guangdong, including Hainan Island, was also noteworthy.

Documents and manuscripts left by Ikeda Kōjin during his career life and records regarding his funeral were originally archived in the National Institute of Japanese Language. Through the “International Collaboration of Taiwan Historical Resources Acquisition Project,” the Institute of Taiwan History obtained the digital images of Ikeda’s papers, such as meeting minutes and attendance records, work logs, as well as list of his belongings.

Therefore, this collection (1910-1924) not only is comparable to the “Archives of the Monopoly Bureau of Taiwan Government under Japanese rule,” but also provides us an important source on observing a colonial official’s material life, bureaucratic interactions and networks, opium and camphor trade, activities of the Taiwanese in Southeast Asia, as well as the Government-General’s “Southward Advanced Policy.”

The collection of "Papers of Ikeda Kōjin" can be accessed through the “Taiwan Archival Information System” now.


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