Studio Ghibli‘s beloved iconic animation My Neighbor Totoro will soon be immortalised as a theme park within the Aichi Prefecture’s lush EXPO Park!
Fans of legendary filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata’s classics Princess Mononoke, The Wind Rises, and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away have flocked to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo since 2001 to get the most immersive possible experience of their films. That could change as early as 2020, the projected completion date Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi prefectural governor Hideaki Oomura announced in a press conference earlier this month.
Suzuki is often the face of major Ghibli news, as he confirmed Miyazaki’s return to feature filmmaking earlier this year with the upcoming Goro the Caterpillar, also due in 2020.
Aichi Prefecture EXPO Park’s 200-hectare swath of land already attracts Ghibli devotees with a scale replica of Mei and Satsuki Kusakabe’s home from My Neighbor Totoro. Soon the park will eclipse Japan’s other rural Ghibli themed attraction, The Yufuin Floral Village’s replica of the bakery from Kiki’s Delivery Service.
In 2015, illustrator TAKUMI created a concept for a Studio Ghibliland modeled on the Tokyo DisneySea theme park. Images throughout this post are sourced from his imagination, not from actual plans, which have yet to be announced in detail.
Stay tuned for more details.