The Ghibli Museum was one of the first venues to close down in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Japan. However, the Ghibli Museum is now offering fans a virtual tour- a sneak peek if you will -inside their museum.
You can get a special look inside the museum located in Mitaka, Japan with its behind the scenes “staff video journals” which are uploaded on the official YouTube channel. Although the clips are short, this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to dive into the fantastical world since taking photos and videos in the museum is prohibited.
After walking into the museum entrance, you’re greeted with stained glass and a beautiful mural of a friendly sun and colourful plants. All your favourite Ghibli characters are painted across the ceiling! Sistine Chapel, who?
Meanwhile, in another area of the museum, is a place where ‘the movie is born.’ This is one part of the five-room permanent collection that documents the process of animating a movie. The crowded room is filled with books, oddities and hand-drawn illustrations.
This nighttime video shows the museum after closing hours, featuring the famous stained glass that is filled with characters from films such as My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Mei and the Kittenbus.
One of the appeals of Ghibli’s films is the food. They just look so tantalising. The Straw Hat Café – named after Mei’s hat from My Neighbour Totoro – serves Ghibli-inspired dishes such as the eggs and bacon from Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s chocolate cake from Kiki’s Delivery Service!
As of now, we can only live out our Ghibli dreams by watching for their catalogue of beautiful and inspiring films. Maybe when this is all over, we can go check out the museum and try for ourselves the eggs and bacon that Calcifer loves so much!
Till then, stay home and stay safe. Get more JUICE here.