If you're a fan of animation then you've probably heard of Studio Ghibli, and if not, you should! Seriously, these guys are often referred to as "the Disney of Japan" and for very good reason!
Stunningly detailed imagery drips from every frame, lush in all of their films and their iconic characters have become beloved icons the world around. Primarily focusing on a hand-drawn aesthetic, everything from the minutae of everyday life to resplendent scenes of mythological beings or nature are rendered and exaggerated with loving detail until every scene oozes with atmosphere and life.
Pretty legit stuff, guys.
So it was with great excitement that I agreed to go to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka with some of my friends. Tickets had to be purchased in advance through a kiosk in either Lawson or Family Mart, and they could sell out quickly if you didn't plan ahead! We found a date that worked best for everyone and set our calendars.
One of these things is not like the others… ^^;
More photos below!
After leaving Mitaka station, you'll have to catch a bus to get to the museum but it's a short ride and the bus is hard to miss!
Approaching the building, you may notice a tall figure looming atop the roof…
he's friendly! ^_^ and if you've seen Laputa, he (or she?) may even look familiar~
This small little tent area is where we gave them our tickets to officially enter into the museum.
Buildings swaddled by vines, giving them a whimsical look reminiscent of their films.
Mitaka literally means "Three Hawks" in Japanese, so this flag is a lovely visual representation and nod to the area the museum is located in.
After this point, we were entering a no photo-zone. :(
Sorry guys, no photos allowed inside the building!
I did snag some photos in the exterior areas, though!
Girls waiting for lunch and goofing off~ there was quite a line for the restaurant, but it moved efficiently.
Menu options for the day! Cute sign, huh?
If you weren't up for the long wait to get into the restaurant, you could opt for a hot dog, grape or peach juice, beer, or ice cream!
Hey pal! Smile! D'aww. I hope he was genuinely pleased and not plotting our murder…
Kaze no Tani no... brew? Even the beer bottles have custom artwork relating to one of their films. Check out the girl picking her nose behind me. BUSTED! Muahahaha! X3 Yay!
Hand-washing sink for the wee-ones, including handy blocks for the extra-itty-bitty to stand upon. I think the tile work is really pretty! ^-^
The interior of the restaurant was very pretty~
I don't think we were actually supposed to be taking photos in here ^^;
A pork katsu (fried pork cutlet) sandwich. Yummy! Cute plates and decorations. :)
My friend ordered this lovely plate with a hamburger served with a side of pasta, salad and rice.
A tiny little lass and a large robot!
Ever-standing in his lonely vigil…
Down a narrow path…
We found a mysterious landmark we were unable to decipher. ;)
I picked up a couple of books while there~
I had a lot of fun with everyone there!
Have you ever been to the Ghibli Museum?
It's a wonderful place! If you get the chance, you should definitely check it out!