A Whole New World of Anime (Ghibli Museum)

It’s a whole new, imaginary and creative  world in Ghibli (pronounced Jibli) Museum here in Mitaka, a western city of Tokyo. The Museum is dedicated to the art and technique of animation. It honors the work of Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s very popular and celebrated animator, storyteller and film director. His work and those others who co-founded Ghibli Studios. One major confession. I didn’t know Miyazaki from Adam. Nor of Ghibli Studios. Much more of  Ghibli Museum designed by newly-retired (2014) Miyazaki himself. And it’s been around since 2001! 

There was a line of about 60 pax eager to enter this art and animation museum. And that’s not counting the toddlers and babies. Tickets can be bought online where one chooses a time slot to visit this Art and Technology Museum cum Children’s Museum cum Animé Studios. Despite this crowd control measure, it was still crowded when we got here. We saw at least one bus load of young pupils in their cute-sy blue uniforms and white hats walking in pairs. The Museum Store was doing brisk business while we were there. Since photography wasn’t allowed inside, everyone seems to want to bring home some souvenirs of this little charmer of a museum. 

To get here, we took the JR line to Mitaka Station, and then a short yellow bus ride directly to the corner where the Museum stands. It is right by Inokashira Park. The Museum presents a very colorful, artsy, vibrant place. Think Totoro. Think animé. And the Museum’s slogan “Let’s get lost together” is more than apt. There’s a spiral staircase, rooftop garden, cafe, bookstore and replica of Studio Ghibli’s many animé characters. Fascinating. Even for seniors like moí who hasn’t heard of “My Neighbor Totoro”  which was created, filmed and made popular since 1988. 

The cafe had a long queue so we headed for the hot dog and fries stand instead.  The adults here looked hungrier than the kids who seemed to be all bouncing with energy. You hear them kids shriek with delight in the Museum Cinema where I finally watched and admired a Miyazaki film.  No words were necessary to understand the film’s attempt to educate, inspire and entertain both young  and old. Miyazaki is a genius!

I’m a fan now. And I promise to pay more attention watching animé. Perhaps I’d even dig up the old animé films and check out Totoro, Monmon, the Egg Princess, the Cat Bus, Kiki (no typo errors here 😜)  to honor these Japanese animators. Eight of Ghibli’s animé films rank among the 15 highest-grossing animé films ever made in Japan. Among the most popular is “Spirited Away”(2001) which  grossed over US$290 million worldwide. It also earned many Academy Award nominations and actually received awards (Oscars no less) in the USA for its animated feature films. Now that Miyazaki is retired, I wonder if he’d come a-visiting this museum to see for himself how delighted these visiting children (and adults) are. While watching one of his animated films in the theater here, I was pleasantly distracted by the chorus of delighted shrieks from the children including one of the under-1 y.o. babies.  I was just as fascinated but was too old to express my delight. 😂😂😂 


About lifeisacelebration

Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life! I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept......
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8 Responses to A Whole New World of Anime (Ghibli Museum)

  1. terryshen says:

    Never, never, never too old to express our delight. Great post for a wonderful place and for a remarkable artist. Thanks for sharing.

  2. heyitszel says:

    I got to visit this back in 2013. Was a definite highlight to my trip! 🙂 That place was so whimsical! :). Also we are never too old to be kids at heart! 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  3. eatprayjade says:

    love this, thanks for sharing!

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