Looks like Aichi Prefecture in Japan will be home to a brand new anime theme park, and this time, it’s for the legendary animation studio, Ghibli. Called Ghibli Park, this new theme park was announced by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi prefectural governor Hideaki Oomora during a conference in Nagoya City.
They will be opening this “Ghibli Park” within a 200-hectare area called Expo Park. They plan that it will open by 2020, and it will recreate the forest from My Neighbor Totoro. For its construction, Ghibli doesn’t want to cut down trees, or damage the environment of the Expo Park through the many methods of construction. This means that they want to create an environmentally-friendly park, as expected of the nature-loving Hayao Miyazaki. “Studio Ghibli’s films have love toward living creatures and Earth, which fits the concept of the expo,” Oomura said. “I would like to pass down this idea to future generations.”
Found in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, Expo Park was the site of the 2005 World Expo. It already contains a replica of Satsuki and Mei’s House from My Neighbor Totoro, which Ghibli unveiled back in 2005 for that event. The studio actually held exhibitions in that house as well.
The park is actually a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and the Aichi Prefecture government. Both parties will be funding the operations for the park, as they aim to attract both local Japanese and foreign tourists alike.
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Source: The Japan Times