Fans Aim to Save Home Seen in Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children

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Over 200 fans volunteer to preserve home that inspired award-winning anime film

Fans of Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children film are signing up to save an old home in Kamiichi, Toyoma that is falling into disrepair. The house inspired the home of the film's heroine Hana and her children.

The house is now owned by elderly couple Yoriko Yamazaki, 65, and her 71-year-old husband, Masami. The house was routinely used as a rest stop for climbers, but the couple found that maintaining the home as they aged was becoming more difficult.

Currently the house requires 200,000 to 300,000 yen (about US$2,100-US$3,200) just to remove the snow off the roof each year. However, the home garnered the attention of fans after Hosoda's film premiered, and thousands have made the pilgrimage to visit "Okami kodomo no Hana no ie" (Hana's house of wolf children).

One particular visitor, Hidenori Kawabata, took it upon himself to organize a fan effort to preserve the home. 217 people throughout Japan have registered thus far, and interested supporters can add themselves to the list at the house's official website.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

Images © 2012 Wolf Children Production Committee

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