Hayao Miyazaki Designs Giovanni Mirabassi’s Studio Ghibli Music Cover Album Artwork

12.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Giovanni Mirabassi is a Paris-based Italian jazz pianist who is an icon in the world of European jazz. The self-taught piano master has announced that he will release an album featuring covers of famous songs from the Studio Ghibli filmography.

Born in Italy, Mirabassi has been a fan of Japanese animation since he was young, and was particularly fond of films made by internationally renowned and beloved Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli. He released Animessi ~Tenku No Shiro No Laputa Hoka~ in 2015, a cover album centred on movies in the Ghibli franchise. He performed a concert in Japan in the same year which was attended by Ghibli’s legendary director Hayao Miyazaki who had already been a fan of Mirabassi for a long time. After that, Mirabassi continued to keep in touch with the studio, leading the release of yet another cover album.

The album is entitled MITAKA CALLING, and features a skilled ensemble trio who breathe life into the classic hits. The album artwork was designed by Hayao Miyazaki himself, who said: “I enjoy hearing Mirabassi’s piano playing. He embodies freedom and zeal.”

 

The album will be released in a digipak format with a sleeve case and is coupled with a foldout poster. It will be released on December 18, 2019 and Mirabassi will support its release with a Japan tour in spring 2020. If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli and the films’ enchanting music, then you won’t want to miss this when it drops.

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  • Studio Ghibli’s Masterpiece Laputa: Castle in the Sky to be Screened in Tokyo

    01.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Chofu Cinema Festival 2020 is set to take place next year from February 14 to March 8 in Chofu, Tokyo, and it’s been announced that Studio Ghibli’s monumental work Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), directed by Hayao Miyazaki, will feature as a special screening.

    At this year’s festival, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), another of Studio Ghibli’s classic and internationally-lauded films was screened at AEON Cinema THEATUS Chofu across a nine-day period from March 2 to 10. When the credits rolled, there was a huge round of applause from the audience, and subsequent public demand arose for more of the studio’s filmography to be shown at the festival.

    Laputa: Castle in the Sky will also be screened for nine days at AEON Cinema THEATUS Chofu. It will be shown at Screen 10 which seats 526, has a 20 metre screen with superior picture quality, and the 4-way ULTIRA sound system. If you’re in Tokyo while it’s screening, don’t miss this chance to see one of Studio Ghibli’s most celebrated works on the big screen.

     

    ©1986 Studio Ghibli

  • Princess Mononoke Inspired Reversible Jacket Releasing at GBL

    26.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    GBL is an American casual clothing brand that decorates its items in all things Studio Ghibli. They are set to release a new sukajan (a type of Japanese jacket inspired by baseball jackets) with an original Princess Mononoke design on the Donguri Kyowakoku Sora no Ue online store on August 31 from 11am (JST).

    This marks the release of the brand’s second sukajan. It includes a reversible design. The outside layer is velveteen and features black colouring with the Forest Spirit on the back. The inside layer of the coat is made from rayon and comes in autumntime colours.

    Both includes beautiful original motifs and illustrations of the film’s various characters.

    The velveteen layer also has embroidery of the cursing Tatarigami demon.

     

    Look stylish this autumn while showing off your love for Studio Ghibli with this new sukajan

  • Ni no Kuni Anime Film’s Main Theme Song Music Video by Keina Suda Released

    05.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    Japanese singer-songwriter Keina Suda’s new song MOIL will be used the main theme for the upcoming animated film Ni no Kuni which is set for release on August 23, 2019.

     

    A video containing clips from the film was released on the official YouTube channel for Warner Bros. Japan and also features the song. The track itself was also released simultaneously for digital download.

    The film is being directed by Yoshiyuki Momose (Storyboarder for Grave of the FirefliesOnly Yesterday) and written by Akihiro Hino who wrote the story for both Ni no Kuni video games. Long-time Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisashi (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) is also returning from the video game series to compose the music.

    The movie will feature an original story and follow Yū (Kento Yamazaki), Haru (Mackenyu) and Kotona (Mei Nagano). The three friends are able to travel back and forth between reality and Ni no Kuni―another world.

    MOIL will be included on Keina Suda’s upcoming second EP porte. The 5-track EP will also feature veil which is the ending theme for the ongoing anime series Fire Force. The music video for veil has over 1.7 million views on YouTube.

    First Press Limited Edition copies of the EP include a 40-page lookbook designed by Avogado 6 as well as a slipcase. It also comes with a DVD featuring the music videos for MOIL and veil as well as a porte concept movie created by Avogado 6.

     

    Additionally, those who purchase a copy of the CD at the cinema when the film is released can get their hands on some collaborative merchandise―first come, first served!

     

    ©2019 “Ni no Kuni” Production Committee

  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Bound For Nagasaki This Summer

    10.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The second run of the Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition is set to take place at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki from July 13 to September 23. The event is focused on longtime Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and centres on specific “words” he wishes to convey through this work.

     

    The exhibition had its first run in Tokyo back in April this year. We covered that event in detail so be sure to give it a read.

    The enormous 3-meter tall Yubaba & Zeniba centrepiece will return at the Nagasaki exhibition. Visitors can draw omikuji fortunes from the display which have Suzuki’s keywords written on them along with his explanation of them. You can take these home with you―a perfect addition for your Studio Ghibli collection!

    An extremely special merchandise shop will also open at the site with exclusive items and products on sale and decor and decorations that will have you feeling you have stepped right into an enchanting world woven by Studio Ghibli.

    Fan: ¥702 (Tax Included)

    Get your hands on an official Spirited Away fan to cool yourself down at the event this summer. On one side is an illustration of Yubaba and on the other some powerful words from Suzuki.

    Tote Bag: ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    Express your love for Studio Ghibli everyday with this tote bag featuring the same illustration of Yubaba―which is the main visual for the exhibition―on the side. It’s big enough to be worn on your shoulder making it a convenient day-to-day item.

    Tea-Towel: ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    This beautiful tea towel is made in collaboration with dyed goods company Chikusen who have been around since the Edo period. It has a traditional indigo blue colour and is made from high quality material. A perfect gift and souvenir for any fan of Studio Ghibli.

     

    We can’t forget the themed food menu either. You’ll find it on the first floor of Huis Ten Bosch at the Tea Salon.

    Bath House Dessert: ¥850 (Tax Included)

    A fitting dessert for any guest of the Spirited Away bath house, look forward to a bamboo charcoal-black chocolate-sprayed vanilla ice cream, colourful sugar candy and a cookie. It’s also served with iced corn tea.

    Toast For Adventure Lovers: ¥650 (Tax Included)

    Served with a glass of iced corn tea is a delicious egg-topped slice of toasted baked in the hotel bakery. Like you see in anime series, it makes you want to grab it, shove it between your teeth and run outside on an adventure.

    Any fans of Studio Ghibli’s work aren’t going to want to miss out on this very special event. If you’re in Japan this summer be sure you get to go.

     

    ©️TS ©️Studio Ghibli

  • Studio Ghibli 1992-2016 Short Film Collection Trailer Released

    16.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Walt Disney Japan have announced they will release a collection of all short films by Studio Ghibli spanning 1992-2016 on DVD, Blu-ray and for DVD rental in Japan on July 17, 2019.

     

    A collection of Ghibli shorts was first released in 2005 and featured everything from the studio’s their ever animated short Sora Iro no Tane (1992) to the latest animated PV at the time. The new collection will feature all of those plus another eleven for a total of 33 shorts. This is also the first time they will be released on Blu-ray.

    The line-up features films worked on by Studio Ghibli animators and directors including  Hayao Miyazaki, Yoshifumi Kondō, Yoshiyuki Momose, Takeshi Inamura, Osamu Tanabe, Shinji Hashimoto, Shinji Ootsuka, Katsuya Kondō, and Gorō Miyazaki.

     

    The first trailer for the collection was released on the official Disney Studios Japan YouTube channel. It begins with a message from Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki which reads: “Long films aren’t Ghibli’s only thing. This and that too are authentically Ghibli.”

    In the video we see a whole range of short animations, including various collaborative ads made for Lawson, the Studio Ghibli Museum and more. We also see a music clip for Sora Tobu Machi Keikaku by Yasutaka Nakata (Capsule).

     

    This is sure to be a must-have collector’s item for any Studio Ghibli fan.

     

    ©2019 Studio Ghibli

  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition: What “Words” Does Suzuki Want to Convey Through Ghibli’s Films?

    22.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

    The Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition is currently taking place at EDOCCO Edo Culture Complex at Kanda Shrine from April 20 to May 12. This is the first official large-scale Studio Ghibli exhibition in Tokyo in three years.

    This exhibition is focused on the “words” of Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki. It features writings and illustrations by Suzuki as well as the first ever showcasing of the “Yubaba & Zeniba’s Love and Fortune Omikuji,” a model of the Aburaya bathhouse from Spirited Away and much, much more.

    On the initial opening day of the exhibition attendees were met by Toshio Suzuki himself as well as Mari Natsuki, the voice actress of Yubaba from Spirited Away. Suzuki expressed his gratitude in being able to hold the event at Kanda Shrine. “I visited here with my mother 2 years ago before she passed away,” he explained.

    The two of them took no time at all in getting involved with the event as they drew from the new Yubaba and Zeniba omikuji fortunes.

     

    Mari Natsuki’s read, “Live in the here and now.” Some kind of power dwells in this statement. It’s powerful, and feels graceful. I definitely want to get that fortune myself too!

    The host speaker asked Suzuki what he has been working on recently to which he replied he has been storyboarding for a new film for the past three years. From his reply it seems that the storyboarding should be finished sometime soon. This is the framework for the film that we’ll get to see in probably around three years or so. I cannot wait for the day to arrive where we get to see a brand new Ghibli movie.

     

    The exhibition begins at the red entrance where illustrated lamps are strung up. Toshio Suzuki’s writing lines the event. Inside, the main area is divided into ten chapters. It begins with Suzuki’s childhood and progresses through to today. The written explanations are accompanied by numerous artwork displays.

    The words Suzuki has written are done so in a variety of ways including title lettering, slogans, and calligraphy he has done in recent years. There are many different words to read, such as “Balse” from Laputa: Castle in the Sky. I encourage people to stand in front of their favourite words and picture their deeper meaning.

    The exhibition also includes an area displaying Suzuki’s favourite films from the Showa era, magazines he is associated with from his time worknig at Tokuma Shoten, and more. Seeing the things that Suzuki loved and was passionate about when he was younger adds a deeper layer to his collection of words―words which have come into fruition through a multitude of experiences.

    Set up in the next area are scenes taken from several Studio Ghibli films with famous lines from each work overlaying them. Standing in front of these has you reliving those iconic scenes.

    Reading the words and lines throughout the exhibition makes you feel the same feelings as the person who wrote them does: everything from strength to kindness, sadness, serenity. Looking at them, I too feel as Suzuki does.

    These are the Yubaba and Zeniba omikuji fortunes that was shown at the beginning of the exhibition. You pull a string, check what number is given to you, and pull out that fortune from inside the mouth. You even get a divine message from Yubaba herself! If you’re at the exhibition and have time be sure to give it a go.

    If you don’t have time then there’s some “quick fortunes” available as well.

    The final display is a model of the Aburaya bathhouse from Spirited Away. Surrounding it are famous lines said in the movie. This too is a spectacular area.

    When you exit the exhibition you will come to a souvenir corner. It has lots of items you can’t gt anywhere else, so be sure to take your time to enjoy everything they have on display.

    We bought a wooden ema plaque which is used for writing prayers and wishes on. We wrote on it our hope for MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON to become the number one website in the world!

    Tonari no Kakigori Shaved Ice: ¥648

    Haku White Rice Onigiri w/ Tea: ¥864

    There is also a cafe on the first floor selling food inspired by Studio Ghibli films too. There’s also limited-time food available on certain days for one day only, so if there’s something you want to try I recommend getting there nice and early.

     

    The fortune I drew was “excellent luck” and it read, “Live in the here and now.” These words are featured a lot in the exhibition.

     

    Live not in the past, but in the here and now. Treasuring what you have now will tie into the future. The now has also determined who I am up to now and will determine who I will become in the future. The exhibition made me realise again that I can be forgetful if I live too busily.

    The exhibition is littered with the magical power of Toshio Suzuki’s words. Pay a visit and try finding the words which ring close to you. You never know, you might even find a hint as to how to move forward and live with your head held high.

     

    ©TS ©Studio Ghibli

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Collection of Studio Ghibli Short Films to be Released on DVD & Blu-ray

    10.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    Walt Disney Japan have announced they will release a collection of all short films by Studio Ghibli spanning 1992-2016 on DVD, Blu-ray and for DVD rental in Japan on July 17, 2019.

     

    A collection of Ghibli shorts was first released in 2005 and featured everything from the studio’s their ever animated short Sora Iro no Tane (1992) to the latest animated PV at the time. The new collection will feature all of those plus another eleven for a total of 33 shorts. This is also the first time they will be released on Blu-ray.

    The line-up features films worked on by Studio Ghibli animators and directors including  Hayao Miyazaki, Yoshifumi Kondō, Yoshiyuki Momose, Takeshi Inamura, Osamu Tanabe, Shinji Hashimoto, Shinji Ootsuka, Katsuya Kondō, and Gorō Miyazaki.

    House Foods “Ouchi de Tabeyō” Series Commercial – “Niwa no Chigusa” Version

    The collection also includes various commercials Studio Ghibili have done in collaboration with other companies such as House Foods, Asahi Soft Drinks, Nisshin Seifun Group and others. It even features Ghibli Experimental Theater On Your Mark (1995), an animated music video created by Studio Ghibli for the song On Your Mark by Japanese rock group Chage & Aska.

     

    This one is a must-have for collectors of Studio Ghibli movies.

     

    ©2016 Studio Ghibli

    ©2019 Studio Ghibli

  • My Neighbor Totoro 2019 Corn Gift Set Releasing This Spring

    06.April.2019 | FASHION

    The My Neighbor Totoro corn gift set is a hugely popular item sold in Japan every year and is bought for Japanese Mother’s Day. It will be released again this this from mid-April at Dongorui Kyowakoku stores across the country and on the online shop Sora no Ue.

    My Neighbor Totoro 2019 Corn Gift Set: ¥2,778 (Before Tax)

    The product is inspired by the corn that Mei keeps hold of dearly in the film to give to her mother.

     

    Wrapped inside the corn is a tote bag and mini towel set with cute My Neighbor Totoro designs on them. The ‘corn’ is made to be as big as real corn.

    My Neighbor Totoro Maize Basket Bag – Hide & Seek Amongst Fresh Verdure: ¥7,500 (Before Tax)

     

    Kiki’s Delivery Service Maize Basket Bag – Flower Garden: ¥7,500 (Before Tax)

    Two new basket bags will also be released at the end of April both made from real corn. It’s the perfect gift to go along with the corn set.

     

    Left: My Neighbor Totoro Case – Strawberry Garden: ¥1,600 (Before Tax) / Right: Kiki’s Delivery Service Case – Fruit Jam: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)

    Two multi-purpose cases are also being released. They have 4 places to put cards and 8 clear pockets for all your convenient storage needs.

     

    Whether Mother’s Day has passed in your country or not, these thoughtful items can be gifted to her any time!

  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Reveals Themed Menu & Special Items

    29.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition was announced last month. It is set to run from April 20 to May 12 at EDOCCO Edo Culture Complex at Kanda Shrine.

     

    A special menu of four items has been cooked up for the exhibition, and merchandise made in collaboration with Kanda Shrine can be obtained. The themed food can be enjoyed at MASU MASU, the EDOCCO cafe located on the first floor of EDOCCO.

    Makkuro na Kuro Goma Ohagi no Ocha Set: ¥864

    Inspired by the soot sprites of My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away, this set comes with a black sesame seed rice ball and tea. It is served with small colourful sugar candy balls.

    Haku Mai no Onigiri: ¥864 (*Comes with tea)

    Taking its name from Haku from Spirited Away, which means ‘white,’ this dish comes with three white rice balls wrapped in bamboo. The rice ball fillings are a secret making the eating experience even more fun.

    Tonari no Kakigoori: ¥648 (*Can be ordered for takeout)

    Another movie-inspired dish, this time My Neighbour Totoro. This beautiful melt-in-the-mouth shaved ice uses ice made from natural mineral water. It is based on the deep forest where the ocarina-blowing creature dwells.

     

    To commemorate your trip you can also pick up an omamori charm and ema board.

    *Images for illustrative purposes only. Designs subject to change.

    Ema Board (Yubaba)

     

    Omamori (Yubaba)

     

    Omamori (Gods)

    The charms and boards were made in collaboration with Kanda Shrine and feature designs of characters from Spirited Away.

     

    And from April 20 to 26, you can also get your hands on a Yubaba mask. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis with just 1,000 available per day.

    Mari Natsuki, the voice of Yubaba from Spirited Away, is also being invited for a talk with Toshio Suzuku on April 19. The talk will be streamed live via the event’s official Instagram. Full details TBA.

  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Taking Place at EDOCCO Edo Culture Complex in Tokyo

    14.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Advance tickets for the Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition, which is set to run from April 20 to May 12 at EDOCCO Edo Culture Complex at Kanda Shrine, were released on Sunday.

     

    Official Twitter and Instagram accounts were also launched on the same day where the latest information regarding the exhibition and related events will be posted.

    <Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition – New Visual> ©︎TS  ©︎Studio Ghibli

    Tickets are being sold via Lawson Tickets, e+ and at select Animate stores.

    <Advance Ticket Bonus – Original Yubaba Notepad (Limited Quantity)> *Design subject to change  ©︎Studio Ghibli

     

    Those who purchase an advance ticket via Lawson or e+ will receive an additional ticket to get their hands on an original notepad of Yubaba from the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away. These are limited in stock and will be given to buyers when entering the exhibition.

     

    A ticket set containing tickets for the exhibition as well as admission to the Studio Ghibli Museum will also be released on March 10, 2019.

  • Studio Ghibli Shop ‘Closet’ Releases My Neighbor Totoro Denim Merchandise

    03.October.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Closet is a new brand created by Donguri Kyowakoku―the official Studio Ghibli merch shop in Japan―and they’ve just unveiled a new series of denim goods embroidered with My Neighbor Totoro designs. The new merch will drop at the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza branch of Closet and at shops stocking the Closet brand from October 13.

     

    Closet Limited Edition – My Neighbor Totoro Denim Series – Tote Bag: ¥2,300 (Pre-Tax)

     

    Closet is a new spin-off brand from Donguri Kyowakoku whose products focus on the heroines of the Studio Ghibli filmography who wield a strong heart under their kindness.

    My Neighbor Totoro Denim Series – Lunch Tote Bag: ¥2,100 (Pre-Tax)

     

    The brand’s first permanent shop opened in Lazona Kawasaki in March this year where they stock a whole variety of Ghibli items aimed at women including cosmetics, pouches, accessories and more.

    My Neighbor Totoro Denim Series – Mini Pouch: ¥1,500 (Pre-Tax)

    My Neighbor Totoro Denim Series – Pouch w/Gusset: ¥1,700 (Pre-Tax)

     

    This is the second denim series in the line following the Kiki’s Delivery Service run of embroidered denim items. There are four pieces in total: a tote bag, lunch tote bag, mini pouch and a pouch with a gusset.

     

    If you’re a Totoro fan then be sure to check out this delicately crafted series.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Totoro Black Sesame Seed Purin

    05.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a Totoro black sesame seed purin.

     

    1: Ingredients

    Black Sesame Purin Mix (purchased from Daiso)

    Milk

    Pura Chocolate (Swiss chocolate also fine)

    Transparent Jar (Weck jar used)

    ☆For Decorating:

    Almonds

    Fresh Cream

    Fruits of your choice

     

    2: Cook the black sesame seed purin according to the box instructions and leave to cool.

     

    3: Cut the chocolate into eyes, a nose and stomach and decorate the features with a chocolate pen. Make a leaf with a green pura chocolate.

    ☆Cool each part in the refrigerator to fully harden.

     

     

    4: One the chocolate in step 3 has solidified, place it on the inner side of the jar as shown in the photo.

    Add whiskers with the chocolate pen.

     

    ☆Once everything is in position, leave it to cool in the refrigerator once more.

     

     

    5: After cooling again, pour in your black sesame seed purin mix from step 2.

    ☆If you do not leave the chocolate to completely harden it will fall off.

    ☆Place in the fridge once more to harden and you’re done!

    Finish off by decorating with fresh cream, add almonds for ears and top with a cherry.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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