Studio Ghibli Exhibition to be Held in Aichi Prefecture This Summer

16.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Aichi Prefecture and Chunichi Shimbun have revealed that they are to hold a Studio Ghibli exhibition at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art from July 22, 2020 – September 3, 2020.

Yubaba wearing a Mask ©TS ©Studio Ghibli

The exhibition, called Ghibli no “Dai Janai” Hakurankai (Ghibli’s “Not So Big” Exhibition), will be taking all necessary safety measures against COVID-19 to ensure people’s safety.

 

Never before seen Ghibli material a must-see for fans

Ghibli Park’s “Seishun no Oka” (Hill of Youth) Area ©Studio Ghibli

The exhibition will look back at Studio Ghibli’s past as well as into the studio’s future. Fans will be able to look at construction materials and sketches of Ghibli Park, a new Studi Ghibli themed facility set to open at Aichi Expo Memorial Park in autumn 2022, as well as dolls of the characters from the upcoming animated film Earwig and the Witch which is being written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro. The film was originally scheduled to premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 and will now be aired by NHK this winter.

 

The Cat Bus from the Studio Ghibli Museum will also be showcased at the event; stills taken from Studio Ghibli’s films such as Laputa: Castle in the SkyPorco RossoHowl’s Moving CastlePrincess Kaguya and more will be displayed; there will be a photo spot for taking photos, and much more.

 

Fans of Spirited Away will also be able to get their own omikuji fortunes from the giant Zeniba and Yubaba faces.

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