Studio Ghibli to Open 'Ghibli Park' in Aichi in Early 2020
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi prefectural governor Hideaki Ōmura announced at a conference at Nagoya city on Wednesday that Studio Ghibli is planning to open a "Ghibli park" at a 200-hectare area in Aichi's Expo Park. The prefecture is collaborating with the studio on the park, which is planned for an early 2020 opening.
The park will recreate the world of My Neighbor Totoro. While the park is being developed, the construction will not cause damage to the park through felling trees or other methods.
The Expo Park, also known as Moricoro Park, already has "Satsuki and Mei's House," a replica of main characters' house from the My Neighbor Totoro anime film. Studio Ghibli unveiled the house during the 2005 World's Fair, which also took place in Expo Park. The house was also the site of a Studio Ghibli exhibition in both 2008 and 2015.
The prefecture is aiming to make the park an attraction for both foreign and domestic tourists. Both Studio Ghibli and the prefecture are funding the operating company that will be in charge of the park.
The studio also maintains the The Ghibli Museum, located in Mitaka in west Tokyo. The Ghibli Museum has interactive exhibits and replicas of iconic Ghibli creations, and offers a rotating screening of different Ghibli-animated shorts.