A unique opportunity to see Taiwan’s favorite Grammy-nominated jug band play their particular brand of old-timey music live in an intimate living room setting. They are celebrating the launch of A Touch of Zen, a beautifully restored Japanese era home, now being opened as a guest house and bar.
Date: March 23
Early Sale: NT$100 from Bark (Map)
At the Door: NT$150 (Tickets include a free drink)
Doors open at 8:30, show starts at 9pm. Limited advance tickets will be available by going in person to Bark! during business hours, starting March 15, for NT$100 including one drink. At the door tickets will be NT$150, and space is limited.
Phone number for all inquiries: 0916159329
The guest house was restored by Wendy and Carl. Wendy grew up as a military brat in a community of navy and marine corps families, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Carl grew up farther north, in Taichung. Carl grew up and went to work in the film industry, and eventually Carl and Wendy crossed paths, fell in love, and got married and ended up back in Wendy’s hometown. When the opportunity came along to renovate an old house in a military village that was once the home of a Japanese navy officer, and turn it into an old movie-themed guest house, they jumped at the chance.
The house was originally built more than 90 years ago for a high-ranking Japanese Naval officer. It has had a couple of additions built on since, most recently probably in the 1950s, when it would have been the home of an ROC Naval officer. The renovation blends influences from traditional Japan, early 20th century Taiwan and Southern China, and mid-20th century Taiwan. The decor will also include images drawn from the Taiwan film scene from the Japanese era through the 1980s. Facilities will include a traditional tatami room, a small dorm room for backpackers, and a sake-oriented cocktail lounge.