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Newly Opened Ghibli Park

(Japanese translation below)

By Kota Takeda

Ghibli is an animation company founded in 1985 and released the movie Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The movie My Neighbor Totoro is their most famous creation. My Neighbor Totoro was a huge hit not only in Japan but also internationally, and a large number of plush toys and other items have been sold. Ghibli Park does not have any attractions, but visitors can see buildings and other structures that appeared in the movies.

Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns Ghibli Park opened on November 1, 2022. The park is located in Aichi Prefecture and is a facility where visitors can experience the world of Ghibli's masterpieces. Ghibli Park consists of five locations filled with the world of each film. Three locations are currently open, with the remaining two scheduled to open next spring. The three that opened in November were Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns, and My Neighbor Totoro.

At Ghibli Park, visitors can actually see the buildings that appeared in the movies. One of the most famous is the house of Satsuki and Mei from My Neighbor Totoro. Visitors can actually enter the house and see the lifestyle of 50 years ago. The house is also located at the foot of the mountain, and further up the mountain, there is a store where you can buy drinks and goods from My Neighbor Totoro.

In other areas, visitors can enjoy many meals at the dining area that appears in Spirited Away. In the movie, the food looked very tasty, with huge portions of noodles, rice, and barbecued meat on the plates, so everyone is looking forward to seeing what kind of menu they can expect to find. The park will also include a playground and a restaurant and will be an area where visitors can experience a complex of exhibits, play, and rest, making it an area that can be enjoyed by all, from children to adults. There are many facilities yet to be completed, and when all are finished, it will be one of the best tourist facilities in Japan.


竹田 香太






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