To coincide with the opening of the first three areas of Ghibli Park – Youth Hill, Great Ghibli Warehouse and Dondoko Forest – on November 1, fans will be able to get a full picture of the park’s creative development at Ghibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition.
The exhibition takes place at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Nagoya from October 29 to December 25 and examines the creative process of the development of Park Ghibli. Numerous documents and models will be exhibited as well as sketches by Goro Miyazaki, one of the directors of Park Ghibli and the son of the founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki.
Highlights of the exhibition
The first thing you will encounter is the iconic cat bus from the movie ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988). Good news: children and adults are allowed to ride in the original vehicle.
Much like Ghibli’s Great Warehouse, Ghibli Park and the Ghibli Exhibit feature a recreation of Yubaba’s officethe greedy witch and main antagonist of the Oscar-winning film “Spirited Away” (2001).
The Park Ghibli Warehouse will also host an interactive exhibit featuring life-size recreations of three pivotal scenes from famous Ghibli films. The Ghibli Park & Ghibli exhibit, meanwhile, features one. Here you can play as Chihiro, the main protagonist of “Spirited Away”, and take a train ride with No-Face.
The Hill of Youth area is partly inspired by the Ghibli classic “Whisper of the Heart” (1995), which is known for its mysterious cat character Baron. The exhibit will unveil character sketches and prototype models to show how the film’s famous cat doll came to life.
Ghibli Park’s Valley of the Witches, slated to open in March 2024, will feature a recreation of Howl’s Castle, known from the movie ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ (2004). At the exhibition you can see different sketches and models that led to the construction of this iconic structure.
The Satsuki and Mei’s house from the movie “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988) is part of Park Ghibli’s Dondoko Forest. It was originally built as a pavilion for Expo 2005 Aichi under the direction of Goro Miyazaki. At Ghibli Park and the Ghibli Exhibit you can see a 1:5 scale model of the building as well as many photos of the interior. (The OK symbol means that you will be able to take pictures of these models.)
Additionally, there is a recreation of the wooden pergola that is attached to the house.
You can also learn about the differences between 2D and 3D animation. Director Goro Miyazaki explains how Studio Ghibli’s 3D animations are created, referring to background art and food animations from his 2020 film “Earwig and the Witch.”
As with every exhibition here in Japan, you will find a gift shop with a host of products exclusive to the exhibition. Buy Ghibli-themed hand towels (¥1,100), stickers (¥550 each), bandanas (¥1,430), and more.
How to get tickets
Tickets are ¥1,700 (¥1,900 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) for adults, ¥1,100 (¥1,300) for high school and college students, and ¥600 (¥800) for lower secondary and primary school students.
We recommend getting your timed tickets in advance on line or at ATMs in every Lawson and Ministop convenience store. Tickets are currently available for visits between October 20 and November 25. The second batch of tickets for the remaining exhibition period will go on sale November 1 at 10 a.m.
If you can’t make it to Ghibli Park and the Ghibli Exhibition in Nagoya, you still have the option to visit the exhibition when it comes to Kumamoto, Kobe and Yamaguchi in 2023. For more information, check out the exhibition website (in Japanese only).
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