Hayao Miyazaki

Catch Studio Ghibli’s Newest Film at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo This July!

The name Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿) is no longer a stranger to the ears of many people. This highly prolific director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist had announced his retirement in September 2013. Back then, the director who had on and off retirements even said, “This time is for real.” However, in February 2017,…

Disturbingly Cute? Here Are 3 ‘Kimo-Kawaii’ Japanese Characters!

If you think something is disgusting, frightening, gross, or otherwise disturbing, say a lecherous businessman or Fuji-Q Highland’s haunted house, you can call it “kimoi” or sometimes “kimo.” This comes from the longer phrase “kimochi ga warui” (気持ちが悪い), which means to have a “bad feeling.” If something is cute, you can say “kawaii” (かわいい), which…

Enter Totoro’s World in Nagoya’s Moricoro Park

Many who venture to Japan will, of course, visit the Ghibli museum in Tokyo. For any fan, it truly is a magical place that allows you to enter the world of Ghibli like never before. However, this is not the only place in Japan to get that Ghibli fix you so desperately crave. If you…

Have You Seen Studio Ghibli’s Most Heartwarming and Heartwrenching Films?

When people hear Studio Ghibli, generally the first thought that comes to mind is that of a mystical, fantasy, emotional and heartwarming story. A tale of young girls and boys, the challenges they face and overcoming them. However, there are also tales woven together by Studio Ghibli which don’t necessarily end happily or provoke that…

What Releases From Studio Ghibli Can Fans Look Forward To?

Fans of Studio Ghibli may be wondering what the studio is up to. The last anime film by Studio Ghibli entitled When Marnie Was There was produced almost 2 years ago. Studio Ghibli’s production pace may have slowed down but it does not mean that Studio Ghibli is not doing anything! Read on to know…

The Truth Behind Famous Princess Mononoke’s Fan Theory

Princess Mononoke is an anime film which was animated by Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It remains as among the most popular works of Hayao Miyazaki and is a story set in the Muromachi period which also involves elements of fantasy. Mononoke means spirit or monster and due to the popularity of Princess…
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To All Ghibli Museum-goers: How to Enjoy this Fantasy World

Fans of Totoro, Spirited Away and other Hayao Miyazaki films may have heard about the storybook-like Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. Since the museum has been specially designed according to the same storyboards Miyazaki used for his films, you will feel as if you have just stepped into his amazing fantasy world. However, actually getting to…

The (Not So) Hidden Meaning of Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli

Japan is one of the world’s leading countries in the production of animated works. Although Dreamworks and Disney will no doubt come to mind when someone mentions animation, the Japanese company Studio Ghibli is renowned for its feature films and other animated works such as short films and commercials. With their stunning art style and…

Meguro Gajoen: Grand and Flamboyant Otherworldly Palace

Built in 1935 and praised as the Showa Era’s ‘Palace of the Dragon God’, Meguro Gajoen is the first wedding complex to be built in Japan. The building includes wedding and banquet halls ornamented with traditional quaint handicrafts and vividly restored pictures, restaurants providing delicious seasonal cuisine, a museum which possesses precious Japanese-style pictures, a…
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