As if the Ghibli Museum didn’t already provide enough reason for fans of the animation studio to visit Japan, there will soon be a park that recreates the world of the beloved 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro.
Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi prefectural governor Hideaki Ōmura on Wednesday announced plans for a Ghibli park in a 200-hectare (about 494 acres) area of Aichi’s Expo Park. It’s set to open in early 2020.
The park already has one area devoted to My Neighbor Totoro, with a re-creation of Satsuki and Mei’s house built for the 2005 World’s Fair. The house was used for Studio Ghibli exhibitions in 2008 and 2015.
The goal for Ghibli Park is to attract tourists, both domestic and foreign, to the prefecture. Seeing how popular Studio Ghibli and My Neighbor Totoro are around the world, it’s likely to accomplish that.
Written and directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two young sisters, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to an old house that’s closer to the hospital where their mother is recovering from a long-term illness. Exploring their new environment, the girls soon discover the house and surrounding woods are inhabited by spirits, including Totoro. Both the film and Totoro himself have become cultural icons.
(via Anime New Network)