Where can you find special Taiwan issue KJ96 in Taiwan?
Looking to get hold of a copy of our latest issue in Taiwan? Kyoto Journal is distributed to Eslite, Tsutaya and Kinokuniya and will be available from March at these stores, but in the meantime check out and support these smaller local retailers that are wonderful to visit in their own right:
Three Leafs Tea
Harbin-born, California-raised Nancy Lang fell in love with Taiwanese tea when she first visited a decade ago. She resolved to drop everything and pursue her passion for tea, moving to Taiwan and embarking on extensive sourcing trips to farms all around the country. She set up Three Leafs Tea in 2016 in Taipei’s central Da’an District to share this culture with initiates and those more familiar. The shop offers both teabag and looseleaf teas, including some delightful floral oolong blends, in delightful packaging that also makes it perfect for gifts, in addition to ceramics and collaboration design goods. The space also hosts exhibitions. Ask Nancy about her plans for a tea school!
Three Leafs Tea [三叶] No. 15, Lane 295, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
The Wu family—three sisters and their father—run this teahouse and gallery a short distance from Taipei’s iconic 101. A tranquil place to spend the afternoon, you can also sign up for private tea, flower arranging or letterpress classes via their website, or find a group event to join (usually publicized on their social media channels). You can read our interview with Sarah Wu in the issue too.
無事生活 活版印刷小茶館 Letterpress Tea House No. 461, Wuxing Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110 MAP
Above photo by Craig Feguson
9f Coliving (Wanhua)
9f Coliving’s new location in Taipei’s historical Wanhua district, a short distance from Longshan Temple, has private ensuite rooms available for rent (minimum stay 1 month) but also a laid-back lobby and café/bar area where anybody can come and mingle, or use for their own events at a reasonable fee. Read all about founder Spencer Ke’s vision for this coliving community in the issue.
玖樓 9floor No. 66, Section 3, Heping West Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 MAP
Above photo courtesy of 9floor coliving
In Taichung’s laid-back West District, not far from the National Museum of Fine Art, is quirky zine publisher and store is the brainchild of AJ Chang, who runs it with his wife, and friend Iris, who is an illustrator. Argi is continually renovating the three-story venue, but it is possible to book accommodation on the second floor, a very comfortable futon-and-tatami set-up with a library of hundreds of books and magazines in multiple languages, via Airbnb. Read all about their activities in the issue.
Artqpie No. 135, Zhongmei Street, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403 MAP
Above photo courtesy of Artqpie
Guests at Yamagata Kaku Hotel & Spa in the hot spring resort town of Jiaoxi can also find a copy inside their room to peruse after soaking in their wonderful baths! Forte Hotel Group also generously supported the issue.
More coming soon!