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Miyazaki Expos Around the World

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
French, and Japanese events pay tribute to Miyazaki and his work

The upcoming, Miyazaki-Moebius Expo in France and Expo 2005 in Japan are set to pay homage to Hayao Miyazaki.

From November 15th, 2004 to March 9th, 2005, the Miyazaki-Moebius Expo in France will pay tribute to Japan's Hayao Miyazaki and France's "Moebius." Best known for his creations Arzach and Blueberry, Moebius, born Jean Giraud in Paris in 1938, is also credited with designs and storyboards in the movies Alien, Tron, Dune and Fifth Element.

The exhibit will include more than 300 pieces of work from Miyazaki and Moebius. Currently the location (or schedule, should it be a traveling exhibit) of the exhibit has not been made public.

Nausicaä.net points out that Moebius' daughter is named "Nausicaä."

Not directly a tribute to Miyazaki himself, but Miyazaki will design a children's pavilion for the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. According to a tender posted on the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, "We are aware that the famous Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki (Director of 'Spirited Away' etc) has been engaged by the Expo authorities to design a special pavilion based on one of his famous anime movies."

The theme of the 2005 World Expo is "Nature's Wisdom." World Expo last visited Japan in 1970 in Osaka when the theme was, "Progress and Harmony for Mankind." (Starting in 2005, the World Expo will be held every 5 years, as opposed to every 4 years).

In addition to these two events, Nausicaä.net also reports that the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo will be holding an exhibition named "The Entire Picture of Japanese Cartoon Films: From Its Beginning to Spirited Away, And...." from July 15th to August 31st. The exhibition will present an overview of the history of Japanese Animation "from short films in the beginning to Toei films such as Hols, to TMS films such as Cagliostro, to Ghibli films such as Spirited Away." In addition, classic films from Toei and more recent films from Ghibli will be screened and a Fiat 500 (the car driven by Lupin III in Castle of Cagliostro) will be on display.

This article has a follow-up: Miyazaki Art Exhibition in Paris (2004-09-30 09:42)
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