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[Hidden Wonders of Japan] New Ghibli Exhibition on Hayao Miyazaki's Anime World

Take a ride on the cat bus, learn about the creative process behind Ghibli films, and get immersed in the weird and wonderful world of Hayao Miyazaki.



Yubaba, the witch, and Kashira, the heads who work for her, from the film Spirited Away (2001). It seems as if they have jumped out of the movie. Taken in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, on April 14. (Sankei by Shigeru Amari) © Studio Ghibli

"Ghibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition" brings the magical world of Ghibli to life.

The exhibition, sponsored by The Sankei Shimbun and others, opened on April 15 at the Kobe City Museum in Chuo Ward, Kobe City. A preview was held on April 14.

Ghibli Exhibition features sketches and models of Ghibli Park by Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki, who oversaw the park's production. The park is located in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture.

The meticulously created life-size models of the buildings and props from Hayao Miyazaki's works immerse visitors in Ghibli's fantasy world. Visitors can even take a ride on the cat bus from My Neighbor Totoro

The Cat Bus, a creature from Hayao Miyazaki's animated film My Neighbor Totoro, at the preview before the opening of Ghibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition. Taken on April 14 in Chuo Ward, Kobe City. (Sankei by Shigeru Amari) © Studio Ghibli

Behind the Scenes of Animation

In addition, visitors get a peek at the makings of animation. For example, visuals show the creative process that went into making Earwig and the Witch. In the animated film, 3DCG (3D computer graphics) technology creates smooth natural-looking movements.

But as the process is explained, viewers can recognize that even computer-animated films require a human touch, which has been indispensable since the age of fully hand-drawn animation.

"Ghibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition" is open to the public until June 25 (closed on Mondays except May 1). Visitors must make a reservation and can either book the date and time after purchasing the ticket or buy a ticket with a specified date and time. For details, visit the Kobe City Museum online ticket website


(Read the related Japanese article)

Author: The Sankei Shimbun

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