On Location: Ghibli Museum (Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan)

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For all of you Ghibli fans out there, Hayao Miyazaki created a museum featuring some of his animation works in Tokyo, Japan (Sorry, those of you who don’t live in Japan you’ll have to fly there). I’ve had the chance to visit the museum a few years back when I was there doing student exchange. In order to get to the museum, I had to take a special Ghibli shuttle bus from the designated Ghibli bus stop at the JR Mitaka south exit. The museum building itself possessed the same style as the buildings from Miyazaki’s earlier animation films like Castle in the Sky and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. What’s also interesting was the tickets. Each ticket was a short film strip from Miyazaki’s animation films and every ticket was different. Inside the museum, there was a small theater for showing short films, a special exhibition room for exhibiting up and coming projects, a mock studio, and a souvenir shop. There was also a kids’ playground with the Cat Bus from the film Totoro. I really wanted to take a picture of the bus with me in it, but there was an age limit. There were also characters and objects from some of the animation films displayed throughout the museum. The museum wasn’t very big, so I was able to finish touring every parts of the museum in one afternoon. All in all, it was a pretty nice visit. If you all ever get the chance to go to Japan, make sure you visit the Ghibli Museum.

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