Hayao Miyazaki

The slogans for every Studio Ghibli movie, ranked by fans in Japan【Quiz】

Can you guess which message goes with which iconic anime film?

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Hayao Miyazaki’s newest work to debut…on the side of a bus?!

But don’t worry — this isn’t a career change for the famed director!

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Artist reimagines kid-favorite Totoro as the grim reaper in upcoming one-of-a-kind figurine

A new figurine modeled after the star of Studio Ghibli classic My Neighbor Totoro toys with the rumor of Totoro actually being a death god.

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Traditional Japanese washi paper features Totoro and friends in 20 beautiful seasonal scenes

Whether you’re into origami, scrapbooking or decorating, these Japanese papers will bring the magic of Studio Ghibli to all your favourite projects.

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Real-life Kiki’s Bakery is worth a visit whether you’ve seen the anime it’s based on or not

We fly down to Yufuin Floral Village to try the Ghibli-inspired bakery’s goods for ourselves.

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Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum set to crack down on ticket scalping and resales with pre-entry ID checks

Want to get in to see the Catbus? Then the name on your passport better match the one on your ticket.

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Have you seen them all? The top 10 Ghibli films Japanese college students haven’t watched

If you’ve seen all of these, then count yourself among the most elite of Ghibli otaku.

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Pen-and-ink illustration takes us on a road trip through the whimsical world of Ghibli

How many different movies can you find in this one piece of art?

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Hayao Miyazaki has no idea that his anime keeps setting Twitter records, Ghibli producer says

Hayao Miyazaki is responsible for one of the biggest social media trends in the world, but one of his closest associates says the legendary anime director doesn’t know about it.

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Donguri Kyowakoku fukubukuro is filled with fantastic Studio Ghibli merch【2016 Lucky Bag Roundup】

Donguri Kyowakoku, the chainstore that sells nothing but Studio Ghibli items, has delighted fans with the best offering of the year: a bag filled with amazing Ghibli merchandise.

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Studio Ghibli unveils new animated film set for release in Japan next year

Japan’s most famous anime production house is back in the animation saddle, with a European director holding the reins.

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We visit one of Japan’s stunning secret destinations: the “Road to Laputa” in Kumamoto

If you want to feel like you’ve stepped into an animated film from Studio Ghibli, “The Road to Laputa” in Kyushu is one place you won’t want to miss.

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Ghibli fans express their thanks to Miyazaki with six-second Vine masterpieces

Fans around the world say thank you to Hayao Miyazaki by creating some amazing art of their own.

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The Ghibli that no one knows: former animator’s book offers inside look into famed anime studio

Studio Ghibli’s animated works have won acclaim around the world, and we’re sure many of our readers are familiar with their hit films like Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky. But have you ever wondered what it may be like to actually work in the famous studio? Well, now it looks like we can get a glimpse of what goes on in the studio, as one of Ghibli’s former animators, Hitomi Tateno, will be coming out later this month with a book titled “The Pencil War Chronicles: The Studio Ghibli that Nobody Knew“!

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We track down the stunning Ghibli-like waterfall made famous online — just outside Tokyo!【Pics】

There are many well-known areas of beauty all around Japan, but sometimes you stumble upon something off the beaten path that simply takes your breath away.

That’s what happened to one person in Japan, who came across a waterfall in a tunnel of sunlight, filled with the same muted hues as a scene from a fantastical animated movie. Upon sharing the atmospheric photograph above on Instagram it received thousands of likes, with people all over the country eager to learn where the secret waterfall was hidden.

It might look like something from the foggy mists of a far-flung island many miles from Tokyo, but the beautiful scene is actually located just a short one-hour drive from the bustling metropolis. We decided to make our way there, and we’ve marked out the route so you can visit it too!

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Video documentary explores the Essence of Humanity in the film works of Hayao Miyazaki【Video】

Hayao Miyazaki film buffs will appreciate the popular video documentary “Hayao Miyazaki – The Essence of Humanity” created by Lewis Bond, an English film maker. The 16-minute video, featuring a montage of Miyazaki’s much-loved animated films, beautifully explores human nature, Miyazaki’s vision, and the universal appeal of his movies.

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The little-known inspiration for Princess Mononoke: A manga about a tribe in Papua New Guinea

It’s no secret that Hayao Miyazaki and his team of animators find inspiration for Studio Ghibli’s movies all over the place. Ponyo’s setting was inspired by a harbor town in Japan, Spirited Away’s world was based on a location in Taiwan, and Princess Mononoke’s forest came from Japan’s Yakushima Island.

But it was recently brought to light that a lot of inspiration for Ghibli’s movies came from a more innocuous place: a manga. The title is Mudmen, named after the Asaro Mudmen of Papua New Guinea, where the manga takes place.

Who are these “mudmen” and where do their inspirations crop up in Ghibli films? Read on to find out!

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We visit Tomonoura, the scenic harbor town that inspired Studio Ghibli’s “Ponyo”【Photos】

If you’ve seen Ponyo, Studio Ghibli’s adorable movie about a fish girl who wants to be human, then the above location may seem pretty familiar. That’s because it was taken in the port town of Tomonoura, where Hayao Miyazaki and his team spent months getting the inspiration and imagery to create their next animated film.

As massive Ghibli fans, we had to take a look at the town for ourselves and see what real-life Ponyo looks like. Read on to check out the beautiful scenery for yourself, and see the effect that Ponyo has had on the town, as well as the effect the town had on Miyazaki.

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Illustrator creates beautiful “Bicycle Boy” watercolour series inspired by Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli, Japan’s famed animation house, has a remarkable talent for captivating audiences around the world with inspiring storylines and loveable characters. What really brings them all to life, however, are their animated backgrounds; beautiful palettes of light and shade and inky hues that draw us into their magical worlds and have us never wanting to leave.

There’s one background illustrator in Tokyo who knows just how to recreate the atmosphere of a Studio Ghibli movie and now he’s bringing out the beauty of Japan’s narrow roads and suburban landscapes in a series of illustrations entitled “Bicycle Boy”. Using a real-life setting from Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart, the picturesque journey of a boy and his bike through the streets of Japan is so beautiful we’ll happily follow him wherever he goes!

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Totoro made me do it! Man says he was inspired to shoplift by Studio Ghibli anime classic

As popular as Japanese animation is, some critics argue that it can have negative psychological effects on audiences. After watching anime martial artists solve their problems with their fists, will fans try to resolve their own conflicts in similarly violent ways? Isn’t is possible that witnessing lewd acts in animated form will cause impressionable viewers to become more sexually aggressive in real life?

We don’t know about those scenarios, but one recently arrested man was led down the path of crime by his love of anime, and the unlikely corrupter was Studio Ghibli’s Totoro.

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