I mentioned this day trip to Jiufen with a photo of a Confucian Temple. Well, this was a day that promised sunny skies and mild temperatures so we dressed the part. When we arrived however, the town was heavy with fog that slowly crept from the lowlands up the mountain. In fact, my lovely host Lauren and I were sharing some traditional tea as the fog began to permeate all of our surroundings (it made its way inside the building!). I affectionately called it the Jiufen Mist. I felt it lent the proper atmosphere that inspired the market town in the spirit world of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (one of my favorite films). Although, I would have loved to see the ocean views from this historical town, I will never forget this experience. Beware the Jiufen Mist!
The above, I sketched in Taipei, but colored in Photoshop.