Ghibli Park, a brand new anime theme park in Japan, to open in November

(CNN) — Followers of “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Kiki’s Supply Service,” and different movies from director Hayao Miyazaki of the legendary Studio Ghibli, may have a brand new vacation spot so as to add to their journey bucket record later this 12 months.

Ghibli Park, opening in November in Japan, might be a fever dream of a theme park for anybody who has ever watched Miyazaki’s stunning and infrequently surreal animated movies and wished to step into the worlds they construct. The Ghibli canon is heavy on themes of nature, friendship, sturdy females, flying machines, future and bravado. Their aesthetic is naturalism meets steampunk, sprinkled with its personal proprietary method of magical realism.

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Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will home artifacts and reveals from numerous movies by the studio.

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Till final week, information of the legendary Ghibli Park trickled as a substitute of flowed, teased out in small, speculative doses in Japanese publications. It was unclear what impression the pandemic was having on the beginning date and what guests would discover when it opens.

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The Valley of Witches space that may embody recreatons from “Howl’s Shifting Fort” and “Kiki’s Supply Service.”

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However even follow-up inquiries to the studio from CNN about Ghibli Park required translations to the studio’s press workers, and produced much less particulars than we might need. We’re as hungry for information because the No Face ghost in “Spirited Away.”

This is what we all know

Ghibli Park is positioned in Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park, lower than two hours from Kyoto by prepare. The theme park might be about 17.5 acres when accomplished. (One acre is roughly the scale of a soccer discipline.)

Some shops have reported that Miyazaki insisted no bushes be reduce down for the park, however when requested to substantiate or deny, the studio replied that “We have not heard that from Miyazaki.” They did say the Ghibli Park is being constructed on unused grounds inside the bigger Aichi Park.

When it opens in November, three of the 5 deliberate areas might be prepared. The primary one is Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, an indoor facility that may home artifacts and reveals from movies together with the Robotic Soldier from “Fort within the Sky,” the Cat Bus from “Totoro,” and one other recreation out of the “The Secret World of Arrietty.”

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At proper, a rendering of the Park’s recreation of the vintage store from “Whisper of the Coronary heart.”

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A second space, “Hill of Youth,” options the vintage store from “Whisper of the Coronary heart” and one other recreation from “The Cat Returns.” And the third is Dondoko Forest with a full recreation of Satsuki and Mei’s home from “My Neighbor Totoro” and a Totoro-themed playground.

One of many two areas that may open later (“after 2023,” the studio’s press workplace stated) is Mononoke Village, referencing “Princess Mononoke” and her journey amongst massive forest animal gods. An artist rendering reveals children enjoying on a large spider. The opposite is the Valley of Witches that may embody some elements from the trippy “Howl’s Shifting Fort,” and the extra candy “Kiki’s Supply Service,” about an earnest and hard-working younger witch. The artist drawing reveals a tea-cup experience adorned with Kiki’s cat Jiji.

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Mononoke Village will invoke a world with massive forest animal gods.

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In case you go to Ghibli Park, do not count on a Catbus curler coaster, Kiki’s broomstick “Avatar”-style journey or a Ponyo Underneath the Sea experience. “Take a stroll, really feel the wind, and uncover the wonders,” the studio’s web site provides in its place. Suppose immersion and prompts for creativeness slightly than pyrotechnics and stomach-turning thrills.

What we do not know

We do not but know the price of admission, when the Mononoke and Witches areas will open, and what the merch sitch might be. Will we be capable to buy a Kiki-branded broom or an Arrietty doll home? And what can we eat within the park? I urged a “Ponyo” ramen bar.

Whilst you wait

A lot of the Studio Ghibli movies referenced right here can be found to observe on the Disney+ streaming service. And you may observe that Ghibli Twitter feed for extra teases to return, made all of the extra mysterious by the Japanese captions.

High picture: A recreation of Satsuki and Mei’s home from “My Neighbor Totoro.” ⓒ Studio Ghibli

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