Keelung is not only an international port city in northern Taiwan, but also an old-fashioned style prosperous city. Still, recent construction projects renewed and reorganized the city, making it more and more unique.
To promote and share such a unique urban style to other international cities, the Keelung City Government shared two feature stories in April in both Chinese and Japanese versions on HereNow, an Asian city guide site from Japan.
For the occasion, the government invited renowned Japanese photographer Kotori Kawashima (川島小鳥) to tour with famous Taiwanese singer 9m88 and capture the atmosphere of this beautiful port city.
Kawashima, who excelled at portrait photography, is known for his photo collections “Future” and “Star” on Taiwan’s theme.
企劃共推出兩篇深入報導 – 《川島小鳥鏡頭下的基隆——和9m88來場老派時髦的約會》、《川島小鳥鏡頭下的基隆——直視港町與海共生的赤誠容顏》- 分別推出中文版以及日文版，展現攝影師鏡頭下基隆海港城市日常之美。
The two features stories titled “Through the lens of Kotori Kawashima — Looking directly at the sincere faces of the people living with the ocean in the port city,” showing the gorgeous port city in the Japanese photographer’s eyes.
Along with 9m88, the photographer took a stroll in the city and visited a sleek coffee shop, taking a series of images that portrayed Keelung’s daily life and scenes.
Among other highlights, Kawashima interviewed three locals at Kanziding Fish Market (崁仔頂魚市), Zhengbin Fishing Harbor (正濱漁港) Peace Island (和平島) and captured the locals’ daily lives in the present through the lens.
Tourism Bureau Director Tseng Tzu-wen (曾姿雯) said that due to the border control put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, many might not be able to explore Keelung in person.
However, through the lens of Kawashima, people could be captivated by the spectacular views of the city and plan a trip to find their favorite corners in Keelung after the pandemic subsides, she added.