Yunlin Story House, Huwei Township, Yunlin County, Taiwán 

A story house, of course, is where the stories are told. Parents often bring their kids to Yunlin Story House for the reading series, where volunteers will read aloud to the little ones. Workshops designed for adults are available as well, including creative writing, writing picture books, and acting them out. Shoes must be off in the house (as they do in Japan). It’s nostalgic décor together with tatami mats, shoji doors (swinging doors) and ofuro (Japanese baths) create an authentic Japanese ambiance. If you want to know more about the story behind the story house, individual or group tours are available upon request.

Dating back to the Japanese rule, Yunlin Story House had been an official residence for many generations and should have been torn down years ago due to its dilapidated condition. Eventually, it was transformed into a heritage attraction combined with cultural education and is still living its own history to the fullest.

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