Ghibli Museum

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Ghibli Museum Tokyo Reviews

mshindo429 mshindo4…
1 reviews
love Ghibli Jul 10, 2011
i grew up with ghibli animations and love many of them :)

always wanted to go to the Ghibli museum but didn't have a chance...

finally, on Apr. 29th, 2011, my 30th birthday, i went there with my best friend and her family + my mother and son.

the best thing was to go there with my best friend who has grown up with ghibli as well and love the movies.

the worst thing was my husband was not there because of work... sucks!!

anyways, the museum was packed with people (because the day was national holiday in japan), some were from outside the country, some were from countryside...

realized that the ghibli movies are loved by many many people and i am proud about it.

it was kind of hard work to see every little exhibitions because my son was very little.

he was stressed out by being held for long time, wanted to crawl so badly but there wasn't such a place in the museum, so i reliesed him on the floor....

but that was a mistake...

some ppl around said "omg... crawling on the floor is so dirty... you should stop him!"

after that he spilled milk from his mouth... (it was just after he drank milk.)

and ppl were like, "omg, see what im talking about!!"

in conclusion,

ghibli was great, but i should go there when my son grows up and enjoy the exhibitions with me...
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nausicaa nausicaa
1 reviews
Jan 03, 2008
Ghibli Museum is located in a green area called Mitaka no Mori, a park in the city. From Shinjuku station to Mitaka one must board in the JR Chuo line (the express is 30 minutes 280 yen). To the museum one can take the bus right in front of the Mitaka train station (200 yen each way) or walk (only 1.6km). If the weather is fine I strongly recommend walking, it is very pleasant, you'll see many locals riding bycicles or walking their dogs. The museum itself is quite small, but always crowded, to say that it is popular turns into an understatement. The opening hours are at 10:00 am, I arived at 09:00 and there were already people waiting in line. Once you get in a set of stairs takes you to the main floor where you can see a room with the Ghibli House (here are all of ghibli films and scenes of the ghibli's animators life) and also some gadgets from Totoro and Laputa. There's also a camera with film reel displaying some animated sequences. Also on this floor you have the theater where a short film is featured 3 times per hour. The short film changes every 3 months and is exclusevely found in the museum, this time I saw "Mei to Nekobasu" (Mei and the Catbus), a story in the same universe of Totoro. Then you can either go outside in direction of Mei's Cafe (also where they have lockers to put your stuff on) or go upstairs for the Picolo's Workshop, a rendering of the animator's life and work. There you can see drawings, books, cells, sketches and objects from all of Ghibli's movies. Many of these pictures are found in Ghibli's artbooks. My favourite however was a life-size copy of Nausicaa's riffle. There's also an exhibition of a russian children's story with bears, and a promo of a russian animated film: "The snow queen". In this floor you find the bookstore where you can buy all of Ghibli artbooks, books about the museum, children┬┤s books and others. Once again climb upstairs (the museum has an elevator) to the floor where the Nekobasu room is. In this room chidren (up to 10) can play in a giant Nekobasu plush while we adults just stare in envy. Right next to this room is the exit that takes you upstairs to the roof gardens where you can take photos next to Laputa's robot and walk around like if you were in Laputa┬┤s castle. Going back inside the building last stop is the Mamma Aiuto! shop. Here you can buy CD's; DVD's; plush toys; postcards; figures; pins; t-shirts; candy and chocolates,all types of possible merchandise and goods. On the exit you find Mei's Cafe where you can have a nice italian meal, a hot-dog, icecream and others, there are both indoor and outdoor tables. I recommend this museum to animation and Ghibli lovers, even though the museum is thoroughly enjoyable for adults, children will possibly be the ones to make the most of it.
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TravelingArtist says:
Thank you for posting your experience in detail and a review!
Posted on: Nov 10, 2011
northlight says:
Good review. I would like to go here one day!
Posted on: Sep 01, 2010
pie_rulz9 pie_rulz9
1 reviews
Feb 02, 2007
A lot of people when thinking of Japan think of Manga/anime! the Ghibli musuem is a great experience for those who love manga and even for those that dont like it all that much! It shows you how the shows are created and several gallaries with the shows withing and even a wallace and gromit section! Fantastic for all ages and groups!
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msjulicious says:
I'm going to Japan with my friend who does animation. Thanks!
Posted on: Jun 08, 2009

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