Thursday, February 03, 2005

Totoro Land

Today I went to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka with Ben, Matthias, Carol and Yuki:



For those of you who don't know what Ghibli is - it's the production company that has worked very closely with Hayao Miyazaki in producing most of his works. The most famous of which (at least in parts of the world outside Japan) is arguably 千と千尋の神隠し/ Spirited Away. He is also the creator of Totoro - which is a most strange creation when you think about it, but somehow turned out quite quite. If you don't know what i'm talking about go do a search in google :P

Here in Japan, at least according to most of the Japanese people i know, the most popular of Miyazaki's works is Laputa. For those of you who know it - you might recognise a familiar character in the photo below.



The museum itself was really quite a work of art itself. The whole thing at least looks like it's been built from the ground up to BE a museum for anime. The decor in there is really amazing and there's plenty of stuff to keep you entertained for a long time if you read everything. Even if you just did what we did - and walk through most of the exhibits without trying to decipher the Japanese it still takes a good two hours to get through everything. Also somehow Ghibli studios has a fairly good relationship with Pixar (apparently Ghibli provides inspiration for a lot of the Pixar people) - and there was a part of the musem dedicated to that too. In fact, part of the museum entry fare includes a short animated movie screening - which was comprised of a collection of Pixar animated films (like For The Birds which i think was a feature before Monsters Inc. back home in the cinemas)...

Now the bad part about the museum was we weren't allowed to take photos inside. SO, i don't have much to show you except for that outside shot. However we did manage to find some weird little small hole to crawl through which led us into a weird little pink room - where we managed to take a couple of photos without getting told off. Here is mine:


I can't remember which anime these little black sooty balls are from now - but i THINK it's 千と千尋の神隠し/ spirited away


Upon leaving the museum, we somehow ended up taking a walk to try and find this boating place. After much "だいたいまっすぐに行って"ing (at the direction of our trusty navigator Matthias) I don't think we actually ended up finding it, but we did find the lake with some pretty fountains and lots of ducks in it ehhe.


Dinner was in Shibuya (again - not that i really mind ... everytime i go we seem to manage to go to a new place). Matthias took us to a Italian place - which he'd been to like 2 years ago or something. I was quite amazed he still remembered the place. I wonder if i'll remember the places i've gone in Japan in two years time...

We've gotten into this whole sticker photo thing here lately and went to take some more (at yet another place in Shibuya) after we ate. At the place, it turned out you could even borrow costumes to wear (like sailor moon looking uniforms and stuff) for that 'special' sticker photo experience. (I really wonder sometimes WHY i can't find those underwear-vending machines...)

Despite Ben's valiant attempt at persuading the dude working there to let the three of us guys try on the costumes, we ended up just having to settle for the regular sticker photos. Was good fun still. Played some more games for a little bit - where Ben once again entertained us all with his samurai skills at the samurai game, before heading for home. Today/tonight was a bit weird - because out of the five of us, three are actually leaving Japan in the next few weeks. And what's more, all three of us are back to Australia (though Carol and Yuki are both off to the warm sunshine of Sydney...) More sort of awkward farewells/goodbyes followed at the station as it finally sort of sank in that this is probably our last time altogether. Snifff.....

Us at the game-cen while Ben was busy sword fighting demons and stuff :)


Ben and I popped over to Tsutaya on the way home and grabbed two Miyazaki films to watch (inspired by the museum today) and we managed to watch Laputa when we got home. It's definitely one of those 'worth seeing' type animations in my opinion~ ...

4 comments:

Krispy said...

Ahh! Dude! I've wanted to go to that place for like 2 years now!! Sounds cool!
Yeah, watching Pixar interviews and stuff, probably the most frequently dropped name is Miyazaki and most liked movie, Laputa. Both animation studies are very cool! Though I don't know if you could say Ghibli shows any influence from Pixar =p

hwangus said...

Did they have Mononoke Hime stuff? Princess Mononoke in English hehe

Btw nice shirt, fits ya well.

Cmonski said...

those black sooty balls are from TOTORO!! those are dust balls found in this old house while Mei and her sister went exploring i think..... ^_~

Adrian said...

Soot balls are from Totoro? Really? I thought they were those little dust things from Spirited Away which like carried stuff around for that guy with lots of legs!~ Hehe hmmm ur probably right though, i think the dust things had arms.