This news will surely thrill all Studio Ghibli lovers: the co-founder of the company has indeed revealed some rather interesting details on the theme park coming to Japan in 2020, which will allow visitors to relive the magical and unforgettable atmospheres of the films of animation of Hayao Miyazaki.
Announced now in the “far” 2017, the theme park will be the result of the collaboration of the study with the government of the Aichi Prefecture and the company of the daily Chunichi Shimbun. Called Ghibli Park, it will extend over an area of 200 hectares in the city of Nagakute.
The co-founder of the study, Toshio Suzuki, spoke about the project during a press conference held in Tokyo on Friday 31 May. The site will be built inside the 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park Expo and will be perfectly in line with the “naturalistic” philosophy of the Miyazaki cartoons (that is to say that for the construction of the site a single tree will not be cut down). But that’s not all: the Ghibli Park will allow all visitors to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the films that have won thousands of fans around the world: we will then see the home of Satsuki and Mei from My Neighbor Totoro, as well as Youth Hill ( Howl’s wandering castle), Dondoko Forest (always inspired by My neighbor Totoro) and the Great Ghibli Warehouse.
Inside the park there will also be the Mononoke Village (directly from the feature film Princess Mononoke) and the area called Valley of The Witch (inspired by Kiki – Home Delivery and Howl’s Wandering Castle), although the opening to the public is planned only starting from 2021. Last, but not least, Goro Miyazaki – son of the famous Hayao – will personally supervise the project, so that everything is carried out down to the smallest details, thus returning the maximum possible fidelity.
Looking forward to the end of the construction of the park, let’s look at the fantastic masterpieces of Studio Ghibli!