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Onimusha and His Tree Subject Of New Taiwan Meme

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Takeshi Kaneshiro, who will forever be known for Onimusha, is in the headlines again in Taiwan after a typhoon blew through the island earlier this month. Interestingly enough, Kaneshiro himself wasn't making the waves, but rather a tree that he sat under in a commercial once.

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Earlier this month, typhoon Rammasun blew past Taiwan. When it hit Chihshang village in Taitung Taiwan, it knocked over a certain tree. The tree in question was one of the "stars" of an Eva Airlines commercial featuring Kaneshiro.

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In the commercial, Kaneshiro talks about seeing the world, seeing different things and experiencing life. He takes a moment to sit down and drink tea underneath the cover of this lone tree. Since airing in 2013, the tree has been a tourist destination in Taiwan.

Now that the tree has been knocked over, there has been efforts to re-root the thing. Netizens have taken to the cause by doing what they do best, creating memes. The memes have gotten so popular that there's even been a tumblr and a meme generator!

We've collected a series of the best of what I'm calling, Takeshi Sits.

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That last one's kind of amazing. Sad Keanu meets sitting Takeshi. Oh, the wonders of the internet. Quick reminder, there is a meme generator, so feel free to make your own!

Top Photo: JackieTasi via Tumblr

H/T That's Online

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Eric is a Beijing based writer and all around FAT man. You can contact him @FatAsianTechie@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @FatAsianTechie

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