A Ghibli Park Will Be Coming To Central Japan In The Early 2020s
It was announcement today by Studio Ghibli’s producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi governor Hideaki Omura that there will be a Ghibli Park coming to central Japan in the early 2020s. Omura said Ghibli producer Suzuki agreed to the plan at a meeting Wednesday, saying the prefecture and Studio Ghibli will hammer out the details, including the size and who will run it, and solicit other companies to join the project.
“Studio Ghibli’s films have love toward living creatures and Earth, which fits the concept of the expo,” Omura said. “I would like to pass down this idea to future generations.”
Studio Ghibli, the anime studio behind classics like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, will have the Ghibli Park opened on the current site of Aichi’s Expo Park, also known as Moricoro Park, which was the site of the World’s Fair in 2005.
The park already has one Ghibli-related attraction: a real-life replica of the house from My Neighbor Totoro which attracted some 1.6 million visitors in fiscal 2016. And speaking of My Neighbor Totoro, as mentioned back in April, there will be a showing of the movie this month on June 25 and June 26 with English Dub and English Subtitles respectively. So if you’re not familiar with this upcoming theme they are basing this on, here is your chance to watch the movie.
The full concept of the park itself have not been revealed, however, according to Chunichi Web, the park is set in the world of My Neighbor Totoro and will allow visitors to enjoy flowers and trees during each of the four seasons.