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24 February 2008 @ 12:09 am
Ghibli no Mori [Ghibli's Forest]  
You know, I've lived within walking distance of the Ghibli museum for more than 6 months now and within a 15 minute train ride for more than 2 years, and I've never went until today! I guess I fail at being a Ghibli fan? Actually, I'm not really a fan, though I did enjoy quite a few of their movies, especially Kiki's Delivery Service, Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. None of which I've seen in years, and for which I just might be overdue!

So, I guess the opportunity never really came up to go before now, and I didn't really want to go alone (plus the tickets sometimes have to be bought several months in advance since attendence is EXTREMELY limited)... but a while ago, Ami got tickets, and today we went with her mother and sister! It was quite the interesting place! There were no photos allowed inside, unfortunately (though I did see a guy taking them, boo), so I guess that I'll describe it with words?

We saw an original short, called (if I remember correctly) "Kujira Tori", which was a really old, really... boring little piece. I wouldn't have minded, but with all of the fuss over the Japanese whaling industry right now, you'd think that someone in charge might just connect that this sends the wrong message out to little kids? ^^;; Basically the story was about a couple of classes of kindergardeners. One class builds a fake boat out of blocks in their classroom, and suddenly it comes to life. They sail out on it in search of a whale to catch. They eventually do find a comical, huge blue whale, which they drag up to their school lawn. It beaches itself, and then they take pictures with it and tell the whale to come inside, whereupon it tells them that small places like their classroom are just not it's cup of tea, and proceeds to un-beach itself (!!) and swim off to sea. It kind of had me going, "wtf?" and left a sour taste in my mouth. ^^;; Maybe I'm being too sensitive, but whaling is not something that should really be glorified in my book, and I'm not entirely sure whether the point wasn't to teach kids to go sailing on blocks in the sea and talk to the creatures there. Dangerous! o.o;;;

There were a bunch of really nice rooms set up inside to look like the Ghibli offices. Really neat, but most of the material in them was touchable, so it obviously wasn't the real backgrounds and cels, etc, used in the films. Very neat to look at, and visually appealing, but kind of disappointing in a way? I'd rather see the real ones, myself! There were also cigarettes (fake, but "used" and "not used" both) on the desk of the storyboard artist, which I thought was a very very very bad touch. But there were a lot of interesting interactive displays on how animation is created that could be really educational, which I really liked. There was also a HUGE Neko-bus from Totoro made out of plush fabric! I wanted to go in SO BADLY, but only little kids were allowed! So so unfair! I know that an adult one would be popular, please make one Ghibli!! I'd definitely come back, and often!! <3<3 There was also a really interesting life-size setup of the Three Bears (from Goldilock's) table. OMG Papa bear's spoon was HUGE! I would have given my right arm to get a picture of me sitting in front of that! =D (Maybe next time, if there is one, I'll try to sneak it! Other people snuck pictures, and I don't see the big deal >.>;; It's like when the Gundam special exhibit forbid pictures of the super-awesome lifesize cockpit!! Kecchi!!  :O)

Outside, there were some really awesome statues from Laputa (? I forget..). Sooooo cool! Of course, pictures were allowed there ♥ And a creepy Totoro, if I do say myself!

It was an interesting time! And during this time, the wind started blowing like no tomorrow, so much that it felt like a tornado! o.o What is up with the weather recently, whoa! The sky filled with brown dust and it knocked me into the air for a split second once! :O

Jamie's suggestions for improvement to the museum:
-Make a life-size Totoro to take pictures with! All soft and fuzzy!!
-Allow pictures inside the museum!
-Put more original work on display.
-Be fair and make a neko-bus for the adults too! Or allow us in with the kids, though our own would be better. =D
-No cigarettes (even fake ones) in the displays
-Play more interesting shorts and do away with the whaling propaganda!
-Create more life-size exhibits to wander through, like the village from Mononoke-Hime, Kiki's rented room, the furnace room in Chihiro, etc. That would be SO cool!!!! =D
-Offer special themed drinks at the cafe, instead of normal food. "Totoro tansy latte" and "Mahou no cocoa", etc! Wryy are there none, am I the only one with good business sense? :D

Pictures, yay!!

Come on, is this not the creepiest picture of Totoro you've ever seen? o.o Dude, I my heart would stop still from fright if I saw that come up on me in the middle of the night!

Now look at this image: http://sachsen.deviantart.com/art/TonariNoTotoro-Bus-Stop-57754491
Let me know if you have nightmares! ^.~

Anyways, the eyes came from this in the outside window of the museum... Now I'm getting creeped out, and it's nearing midnight, which doesn't help..

Sudden dimness and extreme dust and winds in the middle of the day! Whoa!!

Ehehehe! Notice how it brightened up again.. but it was WINDY like no tomorrow from then on!

The Laputans may have been here.. Nowhere near life-size, but it sure was BIG!

X Me =D

Secret path on the roof!

More Laputa... =D

Goin' back down to civilization!

My partners in crime, through a museum window.. I love the effect!

Me... so windblown! :O

EEPS!!!! Yes, yes, I know..

Tomorrow, I help Melissa move into my house for the next 6 weeks! It will be an interesting adventure, especially with her cat and Nessie trying to get along! I look forward to seeing what will happen! :O

Oh yes, and I promised to talk about the new movie L: Change the World.. well... Worst movie I've ever seen. Maybe that's putting it too harshly. But it was surprisingly gory (wtf?), surprisingly badly-written (to the extent that it was almost painful), and kind of seemed to make the entire Death Note saga into a joke. I mean, what? Wow, I felt quite saddened by the farce that they made of L's last 23 days. And Near... just no. ;_; My heart cries. Kenichi Matsuyama was good though. But there was just no saving that monstrosity. I guess giving the script-writing job to a 10-yr old boy was a bad idea after all... -_-;;
Melissa D. Johnsonmippa on February 23rd, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
See you tomorrow! I hope I can get it all packed....I just need to get my clothes packed away...
pipichan: totoro smallspipichan on February 23rd, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
w-walking distant, within walking distant from where you live? omg I want to go to ghibli museum like SO bad.

I've seen people posting things like this
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didn't you see it at the ghibli cafe?
ore-samathesundaywriter on February 23rd, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Ghibli Museum!! I just went there in December ^^ Didn't take alot of pics but here are some. Did you manage to find all the Ghibli mice? ^^ I love the your second photo with the gloomy trees and that small opening of sky (ish a fan of pretty scenery)
Chisotahn / 記録係chisotahn on February 23rd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, I'm SO jealous... I would love to go to the Ghibli Museum someday!! It looks so win. T_____T

And all the stuff from Laputa makes me so happy, it's my favorite Ghibli movie and one of my favorite movies ever, period. Hee.
ねい: niichan sexxyyyneitaro on February 23rd, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I'm always amazed by the things that you post ^^
illuminesce on February 23rd, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
:3 The Ghibli Museum! I've been there before!

...Aw, and with all the books, and paraphernalia written about that L movie, I was hoping it'd be a good movie. Where'd you go see it?
内出血死の蜂鳥: boobacrystalplumage on February 25th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
I have loved Gigi
For so many years .
The fist time i went to Japan was 1990,and i stayed 6 weeks,which my mom assumed would make me homesick..

ALL i missed was my cat .
Morticia .
So one day i found myself wandering at a toy store,and i had no idea what any of this stuff was .But there was this cute little black cat with a red bow tie,and it was as close to Mortica as i had been in weeks,so i bought it, and slept with it every night .
I missed her so much.the cats are ALL i ever miss when i am in Japan .

And they would make my bed, and prop it on my pillow each day too.

Morticia died in 2004, at the age of 24,but to this day ,i cannot walk by a Gigi thing of any kind ,and not think of Tish .

I have little Gigi things all over the place.
My car,a change purse ,stuffed ones on my bed.Little dangling keitai ones.
Gigi rules .

taishitaishi on February 25th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: I have loved Gigi
I loved that place! Glad to hear you finally went there.
Idyllkaidyllka on February 26th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Is admitting that I have only seen Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi disqualifies me as fan of anime? XD It's kinda shame, ne?
Only little kids were allowed XDDDDDDDDD You're gonna kill me XD
Come on, is this not the creepiest picture of Totoro you've ever seen? o.o Dude, I my heart would stop still from fright if I saw that come up on me in the middle of the night! ( I LOVE YOU XDDDDDDD)
Wow really strange weather. In Poland although it is still winter the weather is springesque, I was walking in jeans jacket today (*___*) I'm afraid what will be happening during the summer, constant rain or sth in that pattern (ToT)
but Kenji Kawai has composed the music! woah I love that guy... Gonna see it, but would Hideo Nakata made such a lousy film? Pity
Matt Alanmatt_alan on February 28th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
=D You're Mippa's new roommate! HIiiiiiiiiiiii!
Firsa Asahiasahifirsa on February 28th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
When I went a few years ago, they were showing that adorable chibi-neko bus short film. They didn't have that anymore? It was the most adorable thing ever.