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[Museum mainpage] Hayao Miyazaki to Ghibli Bijutsukan
(Hayao Miyazaki and the Ghibli Museum)



This is a short synopsis of Hayao Miyazaki and the Ghibli Museum and includes images from the DVD.


The DVD menu page.

By default, the DVD starts with Chapter One. You will need to use the Menu key to access the menu.

Goro and Takahata The bulk of the DVD is a discussion between Takahata Isao and Miyazaki Goro, the Managing Director of the Museum.
Ghibli Museum External
Ghibli Museum Main Gallery

Chapter One starts with a visual tour of part of the museum interior and exterior.

The interior shots were done both when the museum was closed and open, while the exterior shots were done during operating hours.

Comparisons are made between the museum's architecture and the films of Studio Ghibli, including a clip from "Sprited Away", showing how the multiple bridges, levels and soaring central hall of the museum reflect the bathhouse in the movie.

There are clips of Miyazaki creating the storyboards for the museum, as well as stills of those storyboards and shots of the actual interior.

The Chapter ends with comments by Takahata on the museum and it's design elements and themes.

architecture Chapter Two is titled "Hayao Miyazaki and the Ghibli Museum" and is about the museum and how they went with European influences in the design of the structure and the West's influence on Japanese architecture, in general.
Calcata, Italy Chapter Three is a visit to Calcata, a hilltop town in Italy. Miyazaki visited this town in 1990, and many of the architectural elements he viewed influenced the design of the museum.
Himeji Castle

Chapter Four returns to the discussion with Takahata and Miyazaki and how Japanese cities in earlier centuries did not "build up", like many European towns did.

Suzuki then goes on to comment about the architecture of Himeji Castle, and there is a video tour of the castle.

Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
Kiki's Delivery Service

Chapter Five is titled "Miyazaki's Location Scouting in Europe".

Suzuki talks about Miyazaki's trip to the port city of Visby, on Gotland Island in Sweden to do location scouting for "Pippi Longstocking" and how, while "Pippi" was never produced, the pictures Miyazaki took were used to create the port city of Koriko in "Kiki's Delivery Service".

There is also some footage of Miyazaki in Paris for the 2001 premiere of "Spirited Away".

Genoa, Italy
From the Apennines to the Andes

Chapter Six is a video tour of Genoa, Italy, where they visited in 1976 for "From the Apennines to the Andes" and more discussion on how Miyazaki incorporated his visit to this city into the production.

Included are scenes from "From the Apennines to the Andes" and some of his sketches.

Studio Ghibli Museum

Chapter Nine is more discussion about how the Ghibli museum was laid out.

Chapter Ten is titled "Why Are Miyazaki's Spaces So Fascinating?" and talks about how the museum building itself is not just a static structure designed to house the exhibits within, but is in it's own way an exhibit. They discuss how each room has it's own purpose and how the design seeks to make you want to explore further.

Studio Ghibli Museum at Dusk

Chapter Eleven is a tour of the museum, noting Takahata's impressions of each area.

Chapter Twelve is the final chapter, and a general wrap-up, with some beautiful views of the museum at dusk.

PIXAR's John Lassiter
Russian animator Yuri Norstein
video slideshow

Extra include:

  • A visual tour of the museum and exhibits (Japanese audio)
  • An interview with PIXAR's John Lassiter and Russian animator Yuri Norstein (Japanese subtitles available for their responses)
  • A video slideshow of what looks to be Calcata, Visby, and Genoa.
  • More information on the DVD

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