On what I walk to see...

"Objects do not have any intrinsic meaning- that meaning is conferred on them by us- and that different people, and the same person at different times, may confer different meanings on the same object." (Hammersley, 1989, p. 135)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

國立臺灣博物館 National Taiwan Museum

Paid a visit to 國立臺灣博物館 National Taiwan Museum today and visited one of the historical building in Taipei.

The building was built by the Japanese authorities during the Japanese occupancy of Taiwan in memorial of 兒玉源太郎 (Kodama Gentaro) and 後藤新平 (Goto Shinpei).  So I was told the family symbols of the two families have been embedded in the decorative design of the building.  For instance, the family symbols of 兒玉源太郎 (Kodama Gentarō)  could be found on one side of the lamp while that of 後藤新平 (Gotō Shinpei) on the other.  The embedded family symbols could also be found in places such as in the stained glass of the vaulted roof ceiling.

However, so I found online somewhere, while it is agreed upon that the vine shape symbol is the family symbol of the 後藤 (Goto) family, people seemed to feel less sure about that for the 兒玉 (Kodama) family- though it would be the job of historians to get things clarified.


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