Earlier this week, the Anime Anime website revealed new conceptual artwork and an area map for the Studio Ghibli’s upcoming Ghibli Park. The Ghibli Park, is a reproduction of Studio Ghibli’s animated works brought to life. You can go and experience and see the actual Howl’s Moving Castle, the village area in Princess Mononoke and much more. The Ghibli Park is planned to be opened in 2022 fiscal year, in the prefecture’s Expo Park.
I am absolutely brimming with excitement just hearing the news. Imagine walking through Mei and Satsuki’s home, from My Neighbour Totoro and seeing Howl’s Moving Castle and experiencing the whole of Studio Ghibli, is like walking into an Anime dream fair.
The newly comprised map uncovers 5 new areas of interest. Within the park, it features the main gate of scientific elements at the end of the 19th century as seen in the movie Howl’s Moving Castle and a replicate antique shop from the Whisper of the Heart. This will be situated at Expo Park’s existing elevator building.
The current Expo Park’s heated pool will be closed down in September to make way for the Giant Ghibli Warehouse Area. Which will house many exhibitions, including a children’s playground.
Probably the most exciting park venue I’m looking forward to, is the Mononoke Village Area. Princess Mononoke is my all time favourite Studio Ghibli movie. This is a reproduction of the Irontown (Tarartaba) from the anime film Princess Mononoke. This will occupy the unused space at the Aichi Satoyama Laboratory agricultural school.
A play area inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle’s titular castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service’s Okino residence will be featured, called the Witch Valley Area. This will be situated in the unused area near Expo Park’s meadow.
A full replicate of Satsuki and Mei’s home from My Neighbour Totoro, will also be available in the Donodoko Forest Area.
This Ghibli Park will be funded and collaborated by both Aichi Prefecture and Studio Ghibli. This park will be situated in a 200-hectare area in Aichi’s Expo Park, known as Moricoro Park. Currently, this park already exhibits Mei and Satsuki’s house from My Neighbour Totoro. So you can already go and see this.
It’s an absolute joy to see this being planned and constructed. Knowing Hayao Miyazaki, the director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli being an environmentalist, it is good to hear the development of this park won’t cause any damage to the park through felling of trees or any other methods.
I always wanted to fly to Japan just to visit the Studio Ghibli museum, but now I have another reason to go. I certainly will be organising a trip to to the Ghibli Park in 2022.
I do hope they have a massive food court that is inspired by Spirited Away movie. There better be a massive merchandise store – I’m going to save up and buy everything in there, so I can bring it all back to be included in my Studio Ghibli collection.
It is a shame that this park is exclusively available in Japan. It means us western fans will have to travel the other side of the world to experience this magical kingdom. But I guess that’s what makes it special. A journey into the Studio Ghibli world.
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