Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service Bag Serves Free-Flying Broom Witch Vibes

16.February.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

Japanese apparel company Familiar has is releasing a series of limited-edition items in collaboration with Studio Ghibli Anofuku, a fashion brand created by Anofuku and Studio Ghibli in 2018.

Kiki’s Delivery Service Sub Bag ¥16,500 | Kiki’s Delivery Service Denim Bag ¥19,800 (Prices Include Tax)

The second entries to the series are two bags based on the beloved Studio Ghibli anime film classic Kiki’s Delivery Service. The bag designs feature Kiki on her broom with Jiji as they fly over the seaside town of Koriko where the movie is set. It’s a direct reference to the same scene in the film itself.

 

The 1st entries were Ponyo and Totoro denim bags

Ponyo Denim Bag ¥19,800 | Ponyo Sub Bag ¥16,500 | My Neighbor Totoro Bus Stop Denim Bag ¥19,800 | My Neighbor Totoro Bus Stop Denim Sub Bag ¥16,500 (Prices Include Tax)

The first entries to the line-up were a collection of denim bags based on two other Studio Ghibli fan favourites: My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo. The Ponyo bag is still available at the time this article was written, but the Totoro one is unfortunately sold out.

 

Information on a third collection is scheduled for release in March, so stay tuned.

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    My Neighbor Totoro Bag Hanger | ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

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    Whisper of the Heart Clock | ¥17,000 (Before Tax)

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    Whisper of the Heart Baron | ¥18,000 (Before Tax)

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    Life in the castle in Howl’s Moving Castle ©2004 Studio Ghibli・NDDMT

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    13.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / SPOT

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    Photo by Joshua White JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation

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    lmageboard, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988), Hayao Miyazaki © 1988 Studio Ghibli


    Still Image, ‘Spirited Away’ (2001), Hayao Miyazaki © 2001 Studio Ghibli・NDDTM

    The lineup will showcase over 300 objects include original imageboards, character designs, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, posters, and cels, all from the archives of Studio Ghibli. Fans of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki’s works can look forward to seeing their favourite films celebrated such as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (2001).

     

    Hayao Miyazaki Exhibition – What to Expect

    Tree Tunnel


    Still Image, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988), Hayao Miyazaki © 1988 Studio Ghibli

    Journey through the iconic “Tree Tunnel” conceived by Hayao Miyazaki for the film My Neighbor Totoro just like 4-year-old Mei does when chasing the mini Totoro.

     

    Creating Characters


    Still Image, ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ (1989), Hayao Miyazaki © 1989 Eiko Kadono・Studio Ghibli・N

    Creating Characters will introduce Hayao Miyazaki’s many protagonists from such celebrated works as My Neighbor TotoroPrincess Mononoke, and more. This will include original character design illustrations as well as pieces never before exhibited outside of Japan.

     

    Making Of


    Imageboard, ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ (1984), Hayao Miyazaki © 1984 Studio Ghibli・H

    The Making Of section will illustrate Miyazaki’s early career and the founding of Studio Ghibli together with the deceased Isao Takahata, as well as the process of producing an animated feature film such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). Early works showcased will include, but are not limited to, the television anime series Heidi, Girl of the Alps (1974) which Isao Takahata was also involved in as an animator, and The Castle of Cagliostro (1979).

     

    Creating Worlds


    Background Image, ‘Spirited Away’ (2001), Hayao Miyazaki © 2001 Studio Ghibli・NDDTM

    Creating Worlds will capture the contrast between beautiful, natural environments and industrial settings, a theme that Miyazaki often explores in his movies. This will include a look at original storyboards from Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), as well as concept sketches and background images that offer a peek into the imagination of Miyazaki. It will also look at the famous bath house of Spirited Away, the underwater world of Ponyo (2008), and themes of ‘flying’ as seen in Porco Rosso (1992) and The Wind Rises (2013).

     

    Sky View Installation

    A must-see at the exhibition is the Sky View installation which captures one of Miyazaki’s other themes: the desire to lay back and relax, have a day off, think, and dream.

     

    Transformations

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    Magical Forest

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    Photo of Hayao Miyazaki by Nicolas Guerin

     

    Toshio Suziki, Studio Ghibli Producer & Co-Founder | Comment

    “It is an immense honor that Hayao Miyazaki is the inaugural temporary exhibition at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Miyazaki’s genius is his power of remembering what he sees. He opens drawers in his head to pull out these visual memories to create characters, landscapes and structures that are busting with originality. It is our hope that visitors will be able to experience the entire scope of Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process through this exhibition. I am deeply grateful to all those who have been instrumental in presenting this exhibition.”

     

    Bill Kramer, Academy Director | Comment

    “We could not be more excited to launch our new institution with the most comprehensive presentation of Hayao’s Miyazaki’s work to date. Honoring the masterful career of this international artist is a fitting way to open our doors, signifying the global scope of the Academy Museum.”

     

    Jessica Niebel, Academy Museum Exhibitions Curator | Comment

    “Hayao Miyazaki has a singular ability to capture how we perceive life, with all its ambiguities and complexities. It has been a privilege to collaborate with Studio Ghibli in creating an exhibition that will appeal to the most avid Miyazaki fan and those not yet familiar with his work.”

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    27.August.2020 | FASHION

    Japanese randoseru manufacturer Seiban celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019. Looking forward to the next 100 years, the company is looking to expand overseas, and so has launched its first ever overseas brand SICOBA which will develop products for adults. It began selling online to Germany on August 20, 2020.

    Since April 2018, Seiban has manufactured and sold randoseru to the Asian market, with a focus on China. While carrying out surveys to expand themselves further overseas, they began planning for sales in Germany, a country where craftsmanship is considered number one, as well as creating long-lasting products. Seiban believed that they shared an affinity with Germany when it came to the quality of created products. Together with their German partners WEVENTURE, they launched the development and sales of randoseru backpacks for adults to be sold in Germany.

     

    The products in the SICOBA range make sure of bag manufacturing techniques that have been cultivated for over 100 years—by a company that boasts a team of randoseru masters. The company plans to expand their products outside of Germany into the whole of Europe in the future.

     

    SICOBA

     
    MODEL NO.01 €399(VAT・送料込み)

    “Simply Comfortable, Simply The Best.” That’s the motto behind these bags, which are available in several designs and colours that are simple but of great convenience when it comes to backpacks. The brand name “SICOBA” is portmanteau of the first two letters of the words “Simple Comfortable Backpack.” As evident in their design concept, the bags boast comfort, smart design, and high quality craftsmanship and are made with the business setting in mind.

    MODEL NO.02 €389(VAT・送料込み)

    The line-up of bags is perfect as carry-on luggage on an aeroplane. The bag straps can be adjusted accordingly for the perfect fit, and the straps and cover can in fact be removed. Inside the bag are various compartments for storing necessities.

     

    SICOBA is currently available in Germany and will expand across Europe in the future, so be on the lookout.

  • Enter the World Of My Neighbor Totoro in Japan’s Oita and Miyazaki Prefectures

    14.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    My Neighbor Totoro is one of Studio Ghibi’s most celebrated animated feature films, adored by people around the world. If you’ve visited Japan, you’re bound to have run into something Totoro-related, but did you know there’s actually several locations in Kyushu which takes it to the next level, bringing the world of the film to life?

     

    Today, we are joined by Rie who posts her Kyushu travels on her Instagram page. She has provided us with photos of these amazing spots, which are must-visits for Totoro fans, along with her thoughts.

     

    Tataragi Bus Stop | Hita, Oita Prefecture

    When you roll up to Tataragi Bus Stop (多々良木バス停) in Oita’s city of Hita, you are welcomed by a giant piece of wall art made into the moss that grows on the wall. This bus stop is actually a stop used exclusively by school buses, so ordinary people can’t actually catch a bus here. And unfortunately, you won’t see any cat buses running down the street if you wait long enough in the rain, but it’s still a must-visit for fans.

    Address: Amagasemachi Gota, Hita, Oita, Japan (In Japanese: 大分県日田市天瀬町合田)

     

    Totoro’s Forest | Saiki, Oita Prefecture

    This area is visited by many tourists and sightseers throughout the year because of how similar it looks to something from My Neighbor Totoro. There is a small park near the bus stop which is known as Totoro no Mori (Totoro’s Forest).

    Being surrounded by nature, enveloped by the green trees and foliage, makes you feel like Mei and Satsuki from the movie. It’s like being transported back to my childhood. It’s a strange place that makes you feel nostalgic even if it’s your first time visiting.

    Address: 1368 Ume Oaza Minamitabaru, Saiki-shi, Oita Prefecture (In Japanese: 大分県佐伯市宇目大字南田原轟1368)

     

    Takahara, Miyazaki Prefecture

    The next spot I want to show you is where an ordinary person made their very own Totoro statue. If you hold up an umbrella in the rain you can take a photo that recreates that one scene from te movie. There is a sign nearby the statue with a caution written on it as the Totoro is actually inside a family garden. When visiting to take a photo, please make sure to follow the caution and not cause any trouble for people in the neighbouring area.

    Address: 7538-6 Kamamuta, Takaharu, Nishimorokata-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture (In Japanese: 宮崎県西諸島県群高原町大字蒲牟田7538-6)

     

    Rie posts photos of all her visits around Kyushu on Instagram, so if you’re thinking of ever visiting there, be sure to follow her for ideas on where to go.

     

    Photos by Rie

    *The information listed in this article is correct at the time of publishing

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