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'Ghibli Park' Reveals Concept Art, Plans to Open in 2022

posted on by Karen Ressler
Aichi Prefecture, Studio Ghibli collaborate on park

Aichi Prefecture and Studio Ghibli revealed on Wednesday that they are aiming to open "Ghibli Park" in the 2022 fiscal year. The park was previously planned for 2020.

The prefecture also shared one of the studio's designs for the park. The image is intended to show a 19th century science fantasy style, like something out of Howl's Moving Castle. The park will also recreate the antique shop from Whisper of the Heart.

Aichi Prefecture and Studio Ghibli are collaborating to open the park at a 200-hectare area in Aichi's Expo Park, also known as Moricoro Park, the site of the 2005 World's Fair. The park already has "Satsuki and Mei's House," a replica of main characters' house from the My Neighbor Totoro anime film. The house was 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.

While the park is being developed, the construction will not cause damage to the park through felling trees or other methods.

The studio also maintains 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.

Sources: NHK, Chunichi via Otakomu

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