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Hayao Miyazaki and his Anime Kingdom


8 - Ghibli Museum


12 - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 14 - Castle in the Sky / Pom Poko 16 - My Neighbor Totoro 18 - Princess Mononoke 20 - Spirited Away 22 - The Cat Returns 24 - Howl’s Moving Castle 26 - Ponyo / Arrietty 28 - The Wind Rises


30 - Joe Hisaishi and Miyazaki 32 - “Joe Hisaishi in Budokan”

4 Hayao MIYAZAKI is one of the greatest animators and directors in Japan. The entertaining plots, compelling characters and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan.

1971 He moved to the A Pro studio with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animation in 1973, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years.

January 5, 1941. Hayao Miyazaki was born in T么ky么

He started his career as an animator at the studio Toei Douga studio, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation.


The great director Akira Kurosawa filmed his films in large, open spaces like golf courses, and there weren’t those large, open spaces in Japan.


Hayao Miyazaki

He moved to Tôkyô Movie Shinsha to direct his first movie, the classic The Castle of Cagliostro (1979).

He directed his first TV series, Future Boy Conan (1978) (Conan, The Boy in Future).


He released Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), based on the manga (comic) of the same title he had started two years before.



1997 Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke received the Japanese equivalent of the Academy Award for Best Film and was the highest-grossing (about USD$150 million) domestic film in Japan’s history at the time of its release.

The success of the film led to the establishment of a new animation studio, Studio Ghibli

June, 1985

Miyazaki received a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival.


September 1, 2013 Reported on the announcement, at the Venice Film Festival, by Ghibli President Koji Hoshino, that Miyazaki was retiring from creating feature length animated films.

It’s something I wanted to do when I was a student. It’s about samurai in the 16th century, wearing full armor, battling it out with each other. I was very dissatisfied with the way that era was depicted in fiction and film, so I wanted to draw something that would reflect the way I thought that era should look.

Hayao Miyazaki

8 Planning for the museum began in 1998. Construction started in March 2000, and the museum officially opened October 1, 2001. Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki designed the museum himself, using drawn storyboards similar to the ones he creates for his films.

Ghibli Museum is a museum showcasing the work of the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli. It is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, a western city of Tokyo, Japan.


This is the Kind of Museum I Want to Make! A museum that is interesting and which relaxes the soul A museum where much can be discovered A museum based on a clear and consistent philosophy A museum where those seeking enjoyment can enjoy, those seeking to ponder can ponder, and those seeking to feel can feel A museum that makes you feel more enriched when you leave than when you entered! To make such a museum, the building must be... Put together as if it were a

film Not arrogant, magnificent, flamboyant, or suffocating Quality space where people can feel at home, especially when it’s not crowded A building that has a warm feel and touch A building where the breeze and sunlight can freely flow through The museum must be run in such a way that... Small children are treated as if they were grown-ups The handicapped are accommodated as much as possible The staff can be confident and proud of their work Visitors are not controlled with predetermined courses


10 and fixed directions It is suffused with ideas and new challenges so that the exhibits do not get dusty or old, and that investments are made to realize that goalw

The Central Hall - The Wind Whistles and the Light Shines Through

The displays will be... Not only for the benefit of people who are already fans of Studio Ghibli Not a procession of artwork from past Ghibli films as if it were “a museum of the past” A place where visitors can enjoy by just looking, can understand the artists’ spirits, and can gain new insights into animation Original works and pictures will be made to be exhibited at the

museum A project room and an exhibit room will be made, showing movement and life (Original short films will be produced to released in the museum!) Ghibli’s past films will be probed for understanding at a deeper level

The cafe will be... An important place for relaxation and enjoyment A place that doesn’t underestimate the difficulties of running a museum cafe A good cafe with a style all its own where running a cafe is taken seriously and done right

The Space of Wonder

The museum shop will be... Well-prepared and well-presented for the sake of the visitors and running the museum Not a bargain shop that attaches importance only to the amount of sales A shop that continues to strive to be a better shop Where original items made only for the museum are found

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka Executive Director Hayao Miyazaki

This is the kind of museum I don’t want to make! A pretentious museum An arrogant museum A museum that treats its contents as if they were more important than people A museum that displays uninteresting works as if they were significant

NEW EXHIBITION: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Hayao Miyazaki introduces the story of The Nutcracker and presents his interpretation from various perspectives through hand-drawn illustrated panels. There are also a large model of a ballet theatre’s stage and a room presenting The Nutcracker’s lovely illustrations, drawn by its illustrator Alison Jay, inviting young children into the world of the picture book.



Nausica채 of the Valley of the Wind An adaption of his manga series of the same title A science fiction adventure in which he introduces many of the recurring themes he would go on to explore throughout his career: a concern with ecology, human interaction with and impact on, the environment; a fascination with aircraft and flight; pacifism, including an anti-military streak; feminism; morally ambiguous characterizations, especially among villains; and love.



1994 Pom Poko

(The Raccoon


The Raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The Raccoons practice and perfect the ancient art of transformation until they are even able to appear as humans in hilarious circumstances.


Castle in the Sky (Laputa: Castle in the sky)

His first film with Ghibli Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, and discovers they are both searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa. Together, they embark on a daring quest and encounter greedy pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles that keep them from the truth - and from each other.



My Neighbor Totoro ( My Friend Totoro ) Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei when they move into a new home in the countryside. To their delight, they discover that their new neighbor is Totoro, a mysterious forest spirit who can only be seen by children. Totoro introduces them to extradordinary characters -- including a cat that doubles as a bus! -- and takes them on an incredible journey.



Princess Mononoke In Mononoke he revisits the ecological and political themes and continues his cinematic exploration of the transience of existence he began in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. The story is about a struggle between the animal spirits inhabiting the forest and the humans exploiting the forest for industry, culminating in an uneasy co-existence and boundary transcending relationships between the main characters. Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka sets out for the forests of the west in search of the cure that will save his life. Once there, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches Lady Eboshi and a proud clan of humans against the forest’s animal gods, who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke, a young woman raised by wolves!



Spirited Away ( Sen and Chihiro’s Spiriting Away)

The film was considered one of the best films of the 2000s. A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.



The Cat Returns A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking proposal of marriage to his son!



Howl’s Moving Castle Based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.


2010 Arrietty

(The Secret World of Arrietty)

It is based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton Discover The Secret World Of Arrietty, a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage in a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. Though when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure.

2007 Ponyo

( Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea)

Bring to life Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Ponyo’s father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. In her quest to become human and reunite with Sosuke, Ponyo stumbles upon and releases her father’s magical Water of Life and triggers a gigantic storm. Now balance must be restored to the world they all cherish.



The Wind Rises The final film directed by Miyazaki before his retirement A fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi (1903–1982), designer of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter aircraft and its successor, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, used by the Empire of Japan during World War II. The film is adapted from Miyazaki’s manga of the same name, which was in turn loosely based on the 1937 short story The Wind Has Risen by Tatsuo Hori.



In 1983, Joe Hisaishi was recommended by a record company to create the Image Album for Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, which was being made into a movie. Miyazaki was so impressed with the Image Album that he often played it during the movie production. He is best known for his work with animator Hayao Miyazaki, having composed scores for many of his films, including Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro,Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. His music played a very important role in there movies.



2 If you’ve ever listened to a Ghibli orchestral arrangement album, you will be awed by the intricate instrumentation and expression of Joe Hisashi’s timeless music. Now imagine watching an orchestra consisting of over 200 players and a choir of over 600 members performing the pieces under Hisaishi’s energetic conducting. With a variety greater than that offered by any arrangement albums to date (then again, it is commemorating Ghibli’s 25th anniversary), Joe Hisaishi’s concert at the Budokan brings to fans and regular listeners alike a feast for one’s senses and a performance for the ages.

A concert commemorating both the Japanese theatrical premiere of Ponyo and the 25 years of musical collaboration between composer Joe Hisaishi and film maker Hayao Miyazaki.

From the dark and tribal ambience created by the booming beats of the Taiko and tinklings of the triangle in “The Curse God” (Princess Mononoke), to the solo violinist’s soulful performance of “Mother’s Broom” (Kiki’s Delivery Service), to the nostalgic

SAISHI IN BUDOKAN X STUDIO GHIBLI 25 YEARS CONCERT piano melody of “The Bygone Days” (Porco Rosso) played by none other than Hisaishi himself, each piece is a musical and emotional adventure for listeners, and the experience of watching Hisaishi bring out the magic in his music is just phenomenal. Hisaishi’s competence with orchestral instruments makes his works perfect for this sort of presentation. In Joe Hisaishi in Budokan, the orchestra helps bring out the different dimensions in the music and the nuances between different segments. “Tonari no Totoro,” for example, started out slowly and gracefully with strings accompanied by lower brasses. The different sections then took turns at the main melody, steadily increasing the energy, reaching its peak at the portion after the piano.

Hisaishi’s skill at the piano is another reason for the success. There haven’t been many good renditions of “The Merry-GoRound of Life,” but Hisaishi gentle piano introduction to the piece nails the it spot-on. Many versions are just unable to articulate the elegance of the piece, and they often turn out overpowering and clumsy. Here, the orchestra takes the baton after Hisaishi’s soulful introduction and builds it into yet another fantasy for listeners to immerse themselves in.

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