The first thing you may notice when you enter Aza Zakka House, mostly will be the nice smell from incense, making every traveler feeling relaxing. The owner, Swallow
majored in Japanese due to the interests to Japanese comics and action figure. He has strong preference to quiet city so he chose to study in Kyoto Institute of Design. For him, it was a precious time to find muse in such historical city, observe traditional culture of Japan and appreciate their temple’s architecture. They learned the skill of traditional painting, printing, sketching, water coloring, and the ability to work according to interests after graduation.
The first job Swallow did was working in the old brand making lucky cat in Kyoto, he got the chances to understand the stories behind their culture, and how lifestyle is when combining the culture. After the experience of making lucky cat for two years, Swallow then went to another traditional brand learning how to make paper umbrella, and deeply experience Japanese unique culture that doing one thing well through whole life may be valuable. During the time he decided to open a place to comfort people, and only doing this is already enough.
After living five years in Kyoto, he moved back to Taipei and worked in an advertisement company, he felt it was hard to get used to the mode of emphasizing speed and time, and he felt life shall be much more simple and casual. With the introduction by friends, he moved to Tainan, this quiet city like he always likes, to achieve his dream. The name Aza not only means the bad mood with complex, the word pronounces, A also is the first character in Japanese, which Swallow thinks means the beginning of wishes.
Moved to Tainan in 2014, Swallow says Tainan is a city connected to his childhood. A-lan Savory rice pudding in Madou, Tongtex Department store and China Town are all in his memory. The goal in 2017 of Aza Zakka House will be promoting Taiwan’s local culture, and he is planning to have his own artwork being displayed as well. For Swallow, Aza Zakka House is a space that people can have diverse imagination toward daily needs, people have to let things go in life, and move on to next stop.
Tainan Spot recommendation: Shisu Community, Wu Garden
Food and drinks recommendation: Tea Serving, Humming Bee, Noodle place in Shuixian Temple, Lu’s Chinese Omelette in Jiankang Rd., Local noodles vender on Haian Rd next to two trees