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If you spent your childhood, or adulthood, watching Japanese animation movies, you’re likely to have seen a Ghibli movie at some point. Ghibli Museum, officially the Mitaka Forest Ghibli Museum, is located in Mitaka City, Tokyo, and operated by the world famous Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli. The museum is designed by Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki himself and features various exhibitions, providing Ghibli fans with an interactive experience.
Since Studio Ghibli’s first film, Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), the studio has produced numerous films appreciated worldwide including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, and Princess Mononoke. The Ghibli Museum has five permanent exhibition rooms and another room showcasing its special exhibitions which are changed annually. These exhibitions showcase the popular Studio Ghibli movies. In fact, at the Studio Ghibli entrance is a very large Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro to welcome you into the museum. Other exhibits showcase the individual steps of how the animated films are made, including the sketches, storyboarding, and coloring steps to create these heartwarming films.
The special exhibitions feature both Ghibli’s own productions as well as works from other studios. In the past, Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky were amongst some of the Ghibli-original special exhibits. Special exhibitions from other studios that were featured in the Ghibli Museum include Pixar Animation Studios, Goldilocks and The Three Bears based on Leo Tolstoy’s picture book, and the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
One of the other highlights of the Ghibli Museum is the chance to see one of its short films shown exclusively at the Ghibli Museum, at its small 80 theater only seating 80 people. Although most of these short films are only available in Japanese, the mesmerizing animation itself may be enough to take some time out of your visit to watch the exclusive short film.
Before you take off, make sure to visit the library, art collection room, and gift shop to purchase small collectibles and art works to remember tour trip by. These original goods make great gifts for your Ghibli-loving family and friends.
Tickets to the Ghibli Museum are known to be rather difficult to obtain, especially for those overseas. Guarantee your chance to visit and fulfill your childhood dreams by joining one of our Anime Tours for your next trip to Japan.
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