Starting today, visitors to the Taipei International Book Exhibition, one of Asia's largest book fairs, will get a taste of the cultures of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand.
The four countries are jointly serving as the theme countries for this year's exhibition, which will run at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition (Halls 1 & 3) from Feb. 5 through 10.
The Japanese section will introduce Japanese literature, technology, encyclopedias, and world heritage sites, and Japanese home economics writer Harumi Kurihara will give a talk on Feb. 8.
The Thai section will exhibit over 500 titles from 22 publishers, while the Korean and Singaporean sections will also exhibit popular and new books from those countries.
Meanwhile, a pavilion promoting the theme of "la dolce vita" will exhibit important artifacts and out-of-print books from Taiwan, as well as postcards from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Publishers from Taiwan and abroad will also display over 100 books on topics such as travel, cooking, and healthy living.
In the children's book pavilion, an exhibition will showcase 95 works by 44 illustrators from Spain, Portugal, and other Iberian territories.
A pavilion exhibiting books from China will also be set up at the fair for the second year in a row, showcasing close to 20,000 publications from 105 Chinese publishers.