Aichi Pref. plans to bring Miyazaki films to life at 'Ghibli Park'

It will be called "Ghibli Park" and is slated to open outside Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

Though the focus will be on 'My Neighbor Totoro, ' Ghibli Park will also feature characters from other Studio Ghibli films, such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

According to Vice, the announcement was made by Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi prefectural governor Hideaki Oomura.

I defy anybody to watch a film by Japanese animation guru Hayao Miyazaki and not wish you lived inside of it, or at least visit it for awhile.

If you've ever wanted to frolic in the worlds created by one of Japan's most sought-after and well-loved studios, Studio Ghibli, this can become a reality in a few years. The site will be part of a 200-hectare park previously used for the Expo 2005 world exposition. The tourist attraction was debuted back in 2005 for the World's Fair.

Merchandising for the film has become a long-lasting worldwide phenomenon, and sales of Totoro products supported the studio during its early years, according to an official history originally posted on Ghibli's website.

So while we're sure the park will include full-size representations of each of the magical critters, we're actually hoping we see a version of the girls' new house, perhaps complete with dust spirits. The area already houses a small exhibit based on My Neighbor Totoro.

  • Arturo Norris