(The above: Bee,Tom,Grandma,Katherine,Jessica,Patricia,Christine,Blackie,Joseph, Uncle and 1st Aunt)
[Theater Street - Ximending became a famous theater street in Taipei in the 1930s and grew even more prosperous after the defeat of Japan. In the 1950s, every theater was full to capacity and scalpers ran wild. Gradually, more theaters opened one by one; At one point, WuChang St Section 1 had over ten theaters opening. However, in the 1990s, as Taipei City developed toward the Eastern District and away from Ximending, it began to lose business. In the late 2000s, the city government and local stores established Ximending as a pedestrian area, prohibiting the entrance of vehicles on weekends and national holidays, a move that attracted young consumers and brought back business. Today, Ximending has over twenty theaters and six thousand vendors, and is a popular area for small concerts, album debuts, and street performances.
Ximending is now called the “Harajuku” of Taipei. The local bookstores sell Japanese magazines, books, CD albums, and clothing, making it a heaven for the "Harizu", or Japanese culture adorers. Individual vendors gather in the streets as well as the large business buildings, such as Wannien Department Store and Shizilin Square in the early days, and Wanguo Department Store and Eslite 116 in the later period.]