Hear, we’ll be straight with you: There’s a lot to be pessimistic about today. However though this world is stuffed with sorrow and concern and whole dumbasses, it’s additionally stuffed with hope and magic and the film My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki’s gently episodic 1988 animated movie about these very ideas. And if Japan continues to be round in 2020, it’ll have its very personal Totoro theme park the place individuals can go to flee the troubles of this world by curling up on the stomach of a large furry forest spirit. (Except you subscribe to the fan theory that Totoro is definitely the god of demise, during which case it’s not a lot of a refuge in any respect.)
The Japan Times has details on the park, which is being constructed on the location of the 2005 World Expo in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, close to Nagoya. The land is already residence to an exhibit known as Satsuki and Mei’s House, a meticulously detailed re-creation of the ladies’ mud bunny-filled, conventional Japanese-style nation residence within the film; the remainder of the displays, which Japan Occasions says will “re-stage conditions and landscapes” from My Neighbor Totoro, can be constructed across the pre-existing attraction. “Studio Ghibli’s movies have love towards dwelling creatures and Earth, which inserts the idea of the expo,” Aichi prefectural governor Hideaki Omura tells reporters. “I want to cross down this concept to future generations.”
Tentatively named Ghibli Park, it’s anticipated to open someday early subsequent decade. Within the meantime, the Ghibli Museum, which boasts a giant stuffed version of Totoro’s Cat Bus, is in suburban Tokyo and is a delight.
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