Just before dawn, Boro the Caterpillar hatched from an egg among patches of scrub grass. Looking around for the first time, he noticed the brilliance of the morning sun and a deliciousness in the air. Boro lowered himself down to the ground from the b…
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Studio Ghibli films are renowned for depicting daily life in great detail. What often lingers in the memory of our viewers are scenes of food and meals.
Pazu and Sheeta sharing a fried egg on toast in Castle in the Sky…
Chihiro shedding tears of relief eating a rice ball received from Haku in Spirited Away…
Howl frying up bacon and eggs for Sophie, Markl and everyone in Howl’s Moving Castle…
Fans can recall deep impressions of food and scenes of eating in Studio Ghibli films.
The foods that appear are not particularly special, appearing in our lives quite commonly. But their appearance in the films always has special meaning. Their hearts connect when Pazu and Sheeta share the same food. The courage to face her challenges blooms in Chihiro as she eats the rice ball. Around the dining table a family forms in Howl’s moving castle. Scenes of casual meals are infused with tremendous storytelling importance.
Achieving dramatic effect and creating delicious-looking meals and characters enjoying them – their expressions and gestures – comes from the power of finely detailed drawing.
Food that is still warm, that looks soft and tender, with the wonderful flavor showing on the faces of those eating them – these scenes of meals are appealing and charming. No dialogue is needed to convey deliciousness and happiness.
This exhibition introduces how food can be drawn to appear even more delectable than the real thing, creating scenes of joy.
In the first room, “Scenes of Food” that remain in our memory are re-created, with art panels describing how to draw images that linger.
For example, how is the motion of Chihiro depicted when she is crying, her mouth full as she eats her rice ball? We show how that motion comes to life within the confines of only a few seconds on the screen.
The motions of eating – tearing off a bite with the teeth, using chopsticks – don’t escape observation. At the dining table in the exhibition, we’ve got chopsticks ready, and everyone is invited to investigate carefully their own “motions of eating”.
In the second room we present two life-size scenes of meals and food: Satsuki and Mei’s kitchen in My Neighbor Totoro, and mess hall of the Tiger Moth in Castle in the Sky. Experience anew the worlds where Satsuki and Sheeta create culinary delights that put the grown-ups to shame!
Drawing food is drawing culture and history, requiring a variety of knowledge and curiosity to create rich film images. We’ve assembled some books we use to help us, and invite you to take a look.
We hope sincerely that you will come to understand the depth and richness of scenes of food that are full of life.
【Exhibition Period】 May 27, 2017 (Saturday) to May 2018 (closing date to be confirmed).
【Organizer】 The Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation
【Supporters】 Nisshin Seifun Group Inc., Marubeni Power Retail Corporation
Created and Curated by Goro Miyazaki
Our new exhibition opens on July 16. “All Aboard! The Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest”
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Thanks to your support, the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, is celebrating its 15th year. Some visitors who were school children when we first opened are now parents, and we are pretty sure we see some of those first visitors bringing their kids to the Museum.
Every year we have presented a new annual exhibition – that makes 14 in total!
We started in 2001 with the “Spirited Away Exhibit”, and our exhibitions have included 2005’s “Heidi – Production Artists at Work Exhibit”, 2009’s “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea – Making a Film with Pencils” exhibition and 2011’s “The View from the Cat Bus – A Special Exhibition”, introducing to our visitors our thoughts on how animation is created.
Other exhibitions, including the “‘Castle in the Sky’ and Imaginary Science Fiction Machines Exhibit” in 2002, “The Three Bears Exhibit” in 2007 and “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King – A Fairy Tale Treasure” exhibit in 2014, presented seeds of imagination and new ways to look at animation.
For our newest exhibition we have taken another look at all of our past exhibitions to revisit key themes and reimagine our presentations. After going deep into our warehouse to extract hidden treasures, we have stuffed our exhibition space with a collage of items and images from all of our exhibitions… including some old favorites including the gigantic Three Bears and a huge Cat Bus for everyone to board.
After a long closure, the Museum has reapplied its makeup and is freshly renewed and newly painted. Concentrating fifteen years of exhibitions into one space, we will be delighted for you to feel the passion and dedication of our animators and creators.
Exhibition period: July 16, 2016 (Saturday) to May 2017 (closing date to be confirmed).
Organizer: The Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation
Special Collaboration: Studio Ghibli
Supporters: Nisshin Seifun Group Inc., Marubeni Power Retail Corporation