While living in Japan, I fell in love with animes by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki since my then Japanese boyfriend (promoted to husband a few years later) M, introduced me to the movie Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
When the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan opened in 2001, I was antsy. I’ve seen all the animes so it was just natural reaction. But I was working on my graduation thesis, got a new job right after graduation and relocated away, away from Tokyo, got married, had kid, blah,blah, blah.
I can’t believe it took me seven long years before going. Oh, well.
We were in Tokyo summer of last year and so we went. Tokyo’s hot and humid in the summer by the way, not that I am complaining, having lived in a more hotter place like Dubai but I guess no one can go through any hot weather without whining a bit about it. But what I love there is that there are plenty of greens, natural ones, unlike here in Dubai.
Anyway, it rained in the afternoon when we got to Mitaka so I wasn’t able to take out my camera to take a photo of the museum’s entrance. Our first stop was this robot soldier in the roof top from the movie Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkou no Shiro, Laputa).
It was a popular spot and people were taking turns posing for a photograph.
Pristine hasn’t seen the movie yet and I can’t wait to let her see it, soon. Here we are in front of the robot soldier.
There are several Ghibli-oriented exhibitions inside the museum, Pristine transformed into a little witch riding in her broom stick, taking cue from Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majou no Takkyubin) in this photo.
I think this well is from one of the scenes in the movie My Neighbor Totoro
(Totoro). It was her first time seeing a water pump and of course, she’s got to hold it.
So excited to pump it.
And silly mom of hers wasn’t able to capture the photos with the water gushing out of the pump!
Near the exit, the Totoro sits like a movie ticket attendant.
We had an amazing trip there. It was a small museum but packed with lots of eye candy if you are a Ghibli movie fan.
Pristine was smiling all the way home. I can’t wait to buy the Miyazaki Anime DVD Bundle to show to her all the wonderful animes one by one.
By the way, it was not allowed to take photos inside the museum building with a sign in Japanese, translated as: “Please refrain from taking photos or videos inside the museum building. The Ghibli museum serves as an entrance to the story world. To become the main actors of the story, don’t use the camera but instead see the world with your own eyes and physically experience the atmosphere (exhibits). It is our desire that you keep all the memories (you have here) dearly in your hearts. “