The famous studio of japanese animation, Studio Ghibli, will open a theme park in 2022 in Japan.
The park, the construction of which was announced already in 2017, will be the result of the collaboration of the firm with the government of Aichi Prefecture and the company of the newspaper Chunichi Shimbun. The park will be named the Ghibli Park and extends over an area of 200 hectares in the city of Nagakute (Aichi).
A co-founder of the studio, Toshio Suzuki, has announced details of the project during a press conference in Tokyo Friday, may 31, in the presence of the governor of Aichi prefecture Hideaki Omura, and the CEO of Chunichi, Uichiro Oshima.
The site chosen for the park is inside of theExpo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park , and in full harmony with the spirit of the environmental Hayao Miyazaki, will be built in harmony with the existing nature, without knocking down a single tree. Also the Ghibli Park will not simply attractions such as roller coasters and the like, but it will allow you to immerse oneself in the atmosphere of the film that have conquered the world with replicas of the set: Studio Ghibli, which has in fact collaborated with the Expo to re-create the house of Satsuki and Mei from my neighbor Totoro.
According to the press release last Friday, the three areas of the project will be Youth Hill (based in part on The castle, wandering Howl), Dondoko Forest (which is inspired by The my neighbor Totoro), and a Great Ghibli Warehouse, and the public will be able to visit them sincethe autumn of 2022. In the park there will also be the Mononoke Village (which evokes scenarios of Princess Mononoke), and the Valley of The Witch (“the valley of the witch”, which instead refers to Kiki’s – Delivery service and The castle, wandering Howl), but for those you need to wait for the next year.
During the conference, the journalists have asked for directions in relation to the price of the admission tickets and the number of visitors you hope to attract, but Suzuki and others have stated that these matters are still the subject of discussion between the three companies involved. To represent the animation studio in the decisions on the park is Goro Miyazaki , the son of the other co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki, who seems to want to always have the last word on every decision. He has, in fact, joked the fellow Suzuki: “He is the type of old-extremely intrusive, just can not let lose people while they are doing their job. Can’t stop worrying about Ghibli’s Park”.
Suzuki has then added that the Studio itself, where the survival after the retirement of Miyazaki in 2013, had been repeatedly questioned, has a series of projects in store for the future: “Not only film, we would like to put on stage a theatrical performance , and other things, we will announce soon”.