Ghibli's Miyazaki, Eva's Anno Visit Quake Area, Draw Sketches
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Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki and Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno visited areas affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster on Saturday and Sunday, and they held autograph sessions and screenings of Ghibli's new film, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara. Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki also joined the caravan, and he discussed the trip during the film's Monday press conference at the Hotel New Grand in Yokohama.
According to Suzuki, he and the two directors visited Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture and Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Precture for the signings and screenings, at the request of the non-governmental organization Peace Winds Japan. Both Miyazaki and Anno drew sketches of Totoro and other popular Ghibli characters. Suzuki noted that there were too many fans in line for Miyazaki give autographs by himself, so Miyazaki asked Anno to sign autographs underneath Miyazaki's Totoro sketches. Anno playfully noted that he had nothing to do with Totoro, but obliged Miyazaki's request.
Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki directed Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, which will open on July 16.