In just a few years, we will be having the experience of being in a Studio Ghibli movie.
My Neighbor Totoro, one of Studio Ghibli’s most beloved animations, will be recreated as a theme park within the 200-hectare’s Aichi Prefecture’s lush EXPO Park.
Since 2001, fans have been asking for years to have something that gives them a most immersive experience of their films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro, and yesterday in a press conference producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi prefectural governor Hideaki Oomura announced that their requests have being heard.
In that same press conference, Suzuki announced that 2020 will also mark the return of director Hayao Miyazaki to filmmaking with Goro the Caterpillar.
Aichi Prefecture EXPO Park’s 200-hectare will be a technology-free nature park for kids, as they will take great lengths not to disturb Aichi EXPO Park’s existing plant and animal life.
They choose Expo Park, also known as Moricoro Park, because it already has “Satsuki and Mei’s House,” a replica of a main characters’ house from My Neighbor Totoro since 2005. That same house was also the site of a Studio Ghibli exhibition in 2008 and another one in 2015.
The aim is to make the park an attraction for foreign and domestic tourists.
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