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If six exhibitions weren’t enough for your Studio Ghibli pilgrimage around Japan, RocketNews24 has another one to add to the list. If you’re a fan of Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke and The Girl Who Leapt through Time then you better pack your bags and head to Tokyo quick, because this exhibition is only open for 10 days.

You might not be familiar with his name, but if you have seen any of Studio Ghibli’s major works like Castle in the Sky or Grave of the Fireflies, then you’ll be familiar with his beautiful artwork. While Nizo didn’t work exclusively for the famous animation studio, his influence can still be felt throughout many of their films. Luckily, those who can get to Galerie Juillet in Koenji, Tokyo between May 21 and May 31 can marvel at his epic artwork for free!

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As a man who was given the name “creator of Japan’s animation art”, this exhibit will be like walking through a history book. The gallery will feature about 50 pieces of his work on Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, Princess Mononoke and The Girl Who Leapt through Time. Alongside those scenes will be some of his new works like the picture book Kibo no Ki (Tree of Hope) featuring the Miracle Pine in Rikuzentakata and art from the Etrian Mystery Dungeon game (Sekaiju to Fushigi no Danjon).

Castle in the Sky

nizo 6Image: ©Nizo Yamamoto

Grave of the Fireflies

nizo 7Image: ©Nizo Yamamoto

Princess Mononoke

nizo 8Image: ©Nizo Yamamoto

Four Seasons of a Lime Tree

nizo 1 nizo 3Image: ©Nizo Yamamoto

nizo 10Image: ©Nizo Yamamoto

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Fans can look at scenery and background art as well as participate in an autograph session and observe a demonstration as well. Space is extremely limited though, only the first 20 people will be able to participate in each event.

nizo 4Image: Facebook (Yamamoto Nizou)

Exhibition Information
Galerie Juillet / ギャルリー ジュイエ
Address: Tokyo- To, Suginami-Ku, Koenji Kita 3-41-10 Maison Juillet first floor
東京都杉並区高円寺北3-41-10 メゾンジュイエ1階
Open May 21 – May 31 (closed on May 27) 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (final day until 5:00 p.m.)
Website (Japanese only)

Autograph Session
Date: Saturday May 23 from 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (first 20 people)
Open to people who have bought any of the publicized works

Demonstration Session
Date: Saturday May 30 from 12:00p.m.-1:00 p.m. (first 20 people)
Fee: 1,000 yen (US $8.23)

Source: Galerie Juillet via Net Lab
Images: Kaieisha (Nizo Yamamoto’s Official site)