Miyazaki Wizardry

Originally publish on 18 March 2015 on Blogger.

Wow. The kids walked 15kms yesterday, and 9 today. That’s mad…. But we were up and out the door this morning, off to the Ghibli Museum.

Studio Ghibli, for those that don’t know, is the company behind Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most famous animators. He has made movies such as Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro and KiKi’s Delivery Service. The museum is a very creative labyrinthine type place. It is visually spectacular and very beautiful.

We saw a short film about some sumo mice, only ever shown at the museum, and Mya rode in the cat bus. Even though everything was in Japanese. NO translation, at all….. Didn’t matter one little bit. Miyazaki is amazing and the kids decided whoever said Disneyland is the best place on Earth hadn’t been to the Ghibli Museum.

The kids and I all loved this place, and the walk to and from Mitaka station was quite beautiful. Japan is ridiculously clean, and this area had small houses with stunning gardens. We saw our first blossoms there today. Well, I did, can’t say the kids were overly interested.

We then attempted to go to the Edo-Tokyo museum. Sadly, it was closed. It will be reopened when we come back to Tokyo. So, with a couple of hours to kill, we went back to Akihabara, grabbed some crepes, and a cosplay costume for me, for the big convention on Saturday. Quick look around at what we missed and then home for quickish dinner and an earlier night. Absolutely buggered, but loving every moment!!

Read more about the Ghibli Museum here. Please note you need to purchase tickets in advance.

If you like Ghibli and Miyazaki, the new Ghibli Park has opened and looks amazing. I have not been yet, but plan to.

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