Thursday, July 31, 2014

spirited away alright

I have been so fascinated with the old gold mining town called Jiufen in Taiwan that I started watching the Spirited Away animation again.

Apparently Hayao Miyazaki visited this quaint little seaside town, spent some time at the teahouses, and got his inspiration for the highest grossing film in Japan to date. There are many bloggers sharing their fascination with Jiufen, and one even made side-by-side comparison of actual photographs with scenes from the animation.

That got me listening to Joe Hisaishi's compositions again. Highly recommend this, especially if you've watched any of Studio Ghibli's animes. You don't have to be an orchestra fan, nor even understand the lyrics in the pieces. They somehow stir the heart and bring warm nostalgic feelings.

Joe Hisaishi in Budokan - Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert

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