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In the World of Ghibli

The dream of many fans is being realized and in 2022 it will be possible to immerse oneself completely in the universe conceived by the Japanese anime maestro

by Giacomo Donati

For the fans of Studio Ghibli’s work, the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka is already an indispensable stage, once in Japan, for which it is worthwhile to face laborious reservation procedures.

However, although the museum represents a fascinating immersion in the world of Hayao Miyazaki and his partner, Isao Takahata, the director himself in an interview put it into prospective with these words: “Maybe museum is a big word, because it's more like a small shack where we exhibit some of the work of the studio”.

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Despite the modesty, typically Japanese, it is also true that the reconstruction offered by the Ghibli museum offers limited experience compared to what is seen on the screen and much is entrusted to the imagination of its visitors.
After celebrating last year the historic milestone of 10 million visitors, it is now time to propose a more complete experience and it is recent the announcement that, from 2022, it will finally be possible to bring this experience to a higher level.

In recent days, in fact, Studio Ghibli has released the first images of what will be, effectively, the first theme park dedicated to the characters of the Oscar-winning director and his equally glorious collaborator of a lifetime.

The park will be built in Nagakute, near Nagoya, in the prefecture of Aichi, famous for hosting the 2005 Aichi Universal Exposition and it is in the same area of ​​the Expo that the amusement park will be built.

The area occupied by the park will be about 200 hectares and will contain elements, outdoors and indoors, coming from a wide range of productions of Studio Ghibli: My neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki Delivery Service etc. etc.

Respecting the theme addressed by the Aichi Expo, dedicated to the wisdom of nature, the intention is to elegantly mix the structures with the pre-existing natural habitat of the park, embracing at the same time the philosophy inherent in all the works of Studio Ghibli, in which it is often possible to trace the themes - very current in Japan but also in the West - of the difficult relationship between man and nature and the need to establish a balanced relationship based on love and respect for nature itself.