Saturday, January 11, 2014
Thank you, Dr. Kudo / 謝謝您，工藤教授
The new exhibit room in TAI Herbarium is beautiful. It's not the dazzling luxury of a brand-new building. It's the charm of history. In fact, it feels like an old-style cafe lit with warm light, except that we can't really drink coffee inside.
I attended some courses back in December, and thus learned many stories about the people that once worked in the herbarium. When the exhibit room was finally open, the professor gave a demonstration guided tour for the volunteers. Though his talk wasn't particularly fancy, I could feel many botanists' love through the collections and the design of the space.
The lovely weather today brought more visitors to the herbarium. The special collection features Professor Yushun Kudo, who was the first director of the herbarium upon coming to Taiwan in 1929. He discovered many plants home to Taiwan, but unfortunately, he passed away three years later in 1932 due to the strain of overwork at the age of 46. In the beginning I was just telling someone else's story, which had nothing to do with my life at all. Strangely, as I repeated the story, I started to feel something. And when the young people told me with sincere smiles that they really adore the space, I couldn't help feeling that I should say thank-you to Prof. Kudo. He gave a start to this wonderful place 84 years ago.
I decided to practice drawing Prof. Kudo's portrait based on his photo. He must have been a very genuine and determined person, like many wonderful people I have met in the herbarium over the past few months. I can't explain why, but I feel blissful whenever I am with them.
TAI Herbarium is located right next to the main gate of NTU. The exhibit room is open every day from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A visit will offer you a taste of calm bliss on both sunny and rainy days.