Ghibli Museum

June 22, 2010 in ❤︎I LOVE JAPAN❤︎ / Japan

So for our last day in Tokyo, we were deciding between Ueno Zoo and Ghibli Museum.

I love zoo! But i was so so so glad that i made a visit to Ghibli Studio! The museum is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, it is a suburb area of Tokyo. And who anyone who loves Miyazaki’s work, i strongly recommend the visit! Remember that you have to buy your ticket beforehand (just go to any convenient store and buy at the ticket machine), if not you won’t be able to get into the museum.



And we thought that in the suburb there’s probably nothing much! Boring place! But no, we found little quaint boutique selling all sort of vintage stuff!



I found shopping! lol

(My Cheat One™ short hair was starting to fall apart T_____T)


And not too expensive! They were still selling fukubukuro.


And a shop selling cute baby stuff! I dunno why i went in -_-


And then there was a beautiful lake!


Wtf the koi is bigger than the ducks O.o



And bigger ducks.

I think we paid like 600 yen to go on 30 minutes ride. It was fun!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3


And then after that we walked over to Ghibli Museum. The walk was about 20 minutes from the lake. And you have to go through jungle and stuff! Which is sooo Miyazaki!




GUESS WHAT I SAW!!!!!!!!!!


Sooooo excited to see Totoro!!!!! <3


Outside the museum.


To my surprise the museum is really quite small. But it gives you a very homely feeling. However no photos are allowed inside the museum so there isn’t much i could post here. 🙁

When i was there i thought, everyone should know this place! That’s why i sneakily tried to take some pictures of the place just for you guys!


This is a room that is remodeled after Miyazaki’s work studio. It features all his ACTUAL sketches, drawings, pencils, and even cigarette butts!

What is so different about this museum is that, nothing is locked in a glass display window. It just just like walking into someone house. You could touch the things. You could feel them. You could play them. You even feel tempted to maybe just snatch one of Miyazaki’s half used tiny pencil so you could have a piece of him with you.


This is a picture i stole from the internet. It


The main exhibition hall there’s a short film about… biological evolution. >__<


Neko bus!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHH I WANT!


Another stolen picture.

This is the most amazing exhibit.

It has got all the characters from Tonari no Totoro, arranged in a circle on a spinning table. When everything is still they are just plastic little models.

But the magic starts when the table starts spinning. I don’t even know how to explain it, so i sneakily took a video. This is how it is like:

Amazing right?

Miyazaki put so much thought into everything, and i was just sighing in astonishment at every single piece of art in the museum. I don’t think i have ever liked the word museum so much. It meant “boring” to me until i visited Ghibli Museum.

After that we went to the theatre  to watch a 20 minutes short film about Sumo mice lol.

I DUNNO!!!!!!

Everything about the museum made me wanna cry! In fact, everything about Ghibli! Is like, you can really feel the sincere heart, sweat and blood of the people behind the anime. Miyazaki, and the music. THE MUSIC!!!!!!! Joe Hisaishi!!!!!!! Perfect combo.





And then went outdoor.


Climbling the spiral staircase.



And what is this ah.

Ok now i feel ashamed. I’m not so much a very knowledgeable fan of Ghibli after all T_______T *kena lightnening


In the evening we went to the Straw Hat cafe for a  quick bite. (If they were to follow the fashion trend maybe they should call it the Can Can Hat cafe wtf.)

(Erm ok i should shut up.)



Buta Rosso hahaha!!!


Kaze no Tani beer!!! Ghibli special brew 😀



Susuwatari!!!!! Omg poor thing all got locked inside the charcoal room.


And guess what i found on the internet!




And Kiki’s delivery FML X2.

Why didn’t i order that!!!!!!!!!! O.o




And after that we left the museum. 🙁


Went to a nice japanese restaurant for dindin.


Daikon miso.


And famous chicken wing.





I love Studio Ghibli! I have watched every single animation from Ghibli and my fav is Spirited Away! Ok wait i think is Totoro. Hmm. I dunno. I love everything.

And they have a new animation! Called Kagurashi no Arrietty!

I heard somewhere that Miyazaki was gonna retire after Spirited Away or something. That it’s gonna be the last film he’ll make etc. I felt so so sad! What if there’s no more Ghibli? What if Miyazaki *touch wood* is not here anymore????? I’d cry!!!!! (See what i mean? I’m afraid of people i haven’t even, and will never meet dying!!!!! What’s wrong with me!!!!!)

Anyway, i’m so glad that Ghibli has a new creation yet again after Ponyo! 😀

Can’t wait! ^^

Which is your fav Ghibli anime?


114 responses to “Ghibli Museum”

  1. Piston Pecah says:

    wah,such a unique museum…

  2. yumii says:

    TOO MANY FAVS!! How to choose!! Okay lah, i think the one that really touched me and made me cry like a baby is Hotaru no Haka. T___T First Ghibli I ever watched. I feel slightly suicidal after that film. I continued to sobs about an hour before I fell asleep loh, coz so traumatic. T__T i so emo wtf.

    Spirited Away = 😈 😈 😈 😈
    Totoro= 😈 😈 😈 😈
    Omohide Poro Poro= 😈 😈 😈 😈
    Whisper of the Heart= 😈 😈 😈 😈
    Princess Mononoke= 😈 😈 😈 😈
    Ponyo= 😈 😈 😈 😈

    My favourites ♥ I saw #31 and how it looks like before, in a Special Feature of one of the DVD i bought. Watch a tour in Ghibli too! Cute sial! I think it’s in Spirited Away dvd.

    I WANT SUSUWATARI!!!! i like how they eat konpeito like real food HAHAH!

    • cheesie says:

      i will NEVER EVER watch Hotaru no Haka EVER AGAIN. Cried like shit.

      Oh ya Omoide Poro Poro is in my top 3!!!!!!!!!

      • yumii says:

        i can re watch all without thinking much about it, but Hotaru no Haka, every time i wanna re watch it, i will look at the dvd cover for hours before deciding want to put in the player or not.

        Omohide Poro Poro is so so so sweet!! I like the part she flew to the sky after a conversation with the leng chai HAAHAHAHAH the whole film is so simple and sweet and very real. ^^

        • cheesie says:

          I like the part where she eat Pineapple HAHAHAHAH Japanese has never eaten pineapple before HAHAHAHHAAH

          And the part she fainted because she rendam too long in the ofuro HAHAHAHHAAH

          • yumii says:

            HAHHAH YALOH OMGGGG CUTE GILER!! all the embarrassing moments in her life!!!! The talk about menstruation one leh!!! Her classmate and her sitting by the side and then a ball rolled to them, the boy said “Don’t touch the ball!! We will get period later too” HAHAH SO MEAN!!! And her face BLUSHED until so RED!!! XD sumore almost fainted!!

            oh, the part her father slapped her, I fucking CRIED WEH!! WHY SLAP HER WEH!!!!

    • cheesie says:

      She was being very willful is it that time??? haha.

      I remember the part she for her ferragamo bag she so happy lolol! And when she was trying to lie ti her mother is it about her headache. LOL said she blow a drawing in school until headache LOL

      Omg i love it so much <333333333333

      • yumii says:

        HAHAHAH yaloh!! She went “Fooooo~ Foooooo~” and then her mom looks like this -_- HAHAHAHA wah i tell you i damn hate her second sister loh so lanci one! after the slapping scene where she picked up her button only I start to like her. haha.

        what about the class acting scene? oh and and the story about the boy who wouldn’t shake her hand??!! OMG i want go home and watch it again!!!

    • cheesie says:

      Btw in my last semester for Macromedia Director i made a Spirited Away interaction CD!!!!!!

      That was the proudest thing i have ever made, and it got an A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • yumii says:

        SERIOUS?!! weh let us see weh!! haahaha

        • cheesie says:

          wtf it’s in a CD. i think i lost it FMLLLLLLLL

          But basically you can take Chihiro to the jungle and click on different things, then bubble will pop up and tell you what those things are.

          And then in the end even got this game you can guide the susuwatari to throw the charcoal inside the burner one lolol

  3. Cherrie says:

    I am completely in love with Totoro and Spirited Away as well. T___________________T So nais can.

    • cheesie says:

      Summore the totoro i watch is in cantonese one, the younger’s sister’s name is Toilet Paper HAHAHAHAHHAHA

      • yumii says:

        HAHAHAH OMG the first time i watch it is in canto oso. I was so blur keep thinking, WHY they call her Chi Zi (Toilet Paper)!! Kesian, I thought it’s some fake dub and the ppl who dubbed it really hates the sister AHHAAHAH

        • cheesie says:

          I really really enjoyed the Canto version. All the translation SUPER FUNNY esp when Chi Zi tried to explained to Chou Zhi about the size of 3 different Totoros.

          She said one is this big, another bigger, and another IS SOOOOOO BIG IT LOOKS LIKE LOU HOI PANG (some fat HK artist) ROFLMAO

  4. Jeslene says:

    Ahhhhh I’m so enviousssss!

  5. blucat says:

    Yep, robot is from Laputa, the cube is a Volucite/Aetherium crystal from Laputa also. I loved the museum, I went slightly crazy and spent 1k+ at their shop zz..I’ll go there again if I go Tokyo again though. Am slightly obsessive about Ghibli.

  6. Waileng says:

    I love Ghibli Studio’s Anime is actually because of the man behind the musics – Joe Hisaishi. But if I have to pick one specific Ghibli anime, it’ll be Laputa! And by the way that robot is indeed the Soldier Robot from Laputa.

  7. Simon Seow says:

    I love Ghibli Studio. Damn, I want to visit the museum too. I need to buy new hard disk so that I can copy the Joe Higashi concert from my cousin T_T.

  8. Glo-w says:

    I love all his movies! and i cried in all too 😥 he stayed true to being all watercolour made rather then fall into the CGI world^^ can’t wait for the new one though they said ponyo was suppose to be the last ghibli o.O” but who cares! more! ^^

    P/S: totoro had a cameo in Toy Story 3^^

  9. Jenson says:

    OMG!!! I want to go Ghibli Studio one day T.T
    It’s so nice! Well, that tall tall figure is from Laputa, a guardian/army of the floating city..

  10. blucat says:

    Actually right I suspect Miyazaki did another one after The Cat Returns cos it wasn’t so good… then cannot leave it as his last masterpiece under Studio Ghibli…

  11. Tabatha says:

    I wanna go there! But, no money! I hope I can have a opportunity to like, go to a host family’s house like you! How much will it be?

  12. cheesie says:

    Ok taking a break! Brb!

  13. Jim says:

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    My parents has set up the kaspersky parental control.
    Whenever I click on your site, this thing comes out. 😳

    “The requested URL cannot be provided


    Blocked by Parental Control

    Reason: Database (pornography, erotic materials)”

  14. kumiko says:

    i saw things like #31 in a video of Pixar company but the figures were toy story’s characters. so amazing!

  15. lilbunny says:

    <3 mimi wo sumaseba. country road!!! 😛

  16. Jillian says:

    o_O First time seeing cheesie chatting in all the comments. XD Toys Story 3 has Totoro, so famous hohoho.

  17. Karen says:

    The museum doesn’t look like any other museum I’ve been to. Everything seem so fairytale like in the Ghibli Museum! Especially the little cups of coffee art. 🙄

  18. FionaChan says:

    WAH THE MUSEUM SO NICE!!! can compare to night at the museum!!!!! 😀

  19. Junee says:

    Never knew that there is something like a Ghibli Museum but it sounds really interessting (actually I’m the opinion that most museums are great). My sister would kill to visit it. 😀

    Here in germany ghibli isn’t that famous. Only “Spirited away” was shown in the cinemas. The other movies are shown from time to time on a childrens channel. Too bad it isn’t popular here, i think that people so miss a piece of fabulous art.

    My favourite movie is spirited away, because it made me thinking about my life etc after I watched it the first time (and the 2nd time, and the 3rd time and and and).
    On the 2nd place is Princess Monoke, because there is blood. 😀
    3rd [I don’t know the original title] Pom Poko (?!) Because it handles with an important topic (Losing home, the human as cruel actor etc.).

    But my favourite character is Totoro <3. Because I have a favour for fat and feeble-minded creatures. =)

  20. Niki says:

    OMG! amazing….i grew up with totoro! i think i wahtched 234374823423457times already until i can almost remember the whole script.

  21. xianwei says:

    Your video gives people epileptic fits >.<

  22. Ben McC says:

    I love Ghibli movies! Looks like a great place to visit. 🙄

  23. May says:

    Ghibli musuem is one of my must-visit places if I ever go to Tokyo! How much is the ticket btw?

    I love almost every old Ghibli show made – Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart (omg so cute n touching!!), Mononoke Hime, Laputa, Nausicaa (also counted!), Totoro etc. The newer ones were not as good imo, Ponyo’s a lot better than Howl and Earthsea but still something was missing for me.

    I can’t wait for Arrietty!! I like the theme song! But I’m sad that Joe is not composing for it, and it’s not directed by Hayao either. But it’s still Ghibli~ I’m always excited with news of a new Ghibli show. 😀

  24. Celest says:

    Totally love hayao mizayaki. Spirited away is my favourite!!!! no matter how many times i watch it, my eyes will get watery!!! <333 thanks for sharing!!!!!!! 🙂

  25. Belle says:

    that cube thing in pic #35 is from Laputa too!! omg i was so happened to watch that before i read this entry!! that cube thing can control the whole Laputa island when this special necklace is scanned through the words on the cube. ahh.. it’s hard to explain u have to watch it again.
    omg! i am so jealous i wanna go there tooo!!

  26. abraxis says:

    Miyazaki and Ghibli have been making movies for a while. My faves tend to be his older work like Lupin III, Castle of Cagliostro (ルパン三世 カリオストロの城) which Miyazaki did before forming Studio Ghibli and Kiki’s Delivery Service which was a simple story, told very well.

    The neat thing about Ghibli films is that the combination of music, direction and stories that engage just WORK. They’re not that kawaii and they’re not that “mecha” either. The balance is just “right”. It’s hard to explain in a short reply why Ghibli films usually work, they just do and they become beloved because of that.

    RE: Pic #4: kawaii pic. It looks like, “Drat! There’s shopping here!!”. Funny!

  27. Xiaopei says:

    Cheat One™ short hair falling still look pretty. Natural ma 😈 😉

  28. Geraldine says:

    Oh the spinning table exhibit is called a Zoetrope

    they have a zoetrope exhibit at the pixar exhibition too

  29. Jay says:

    I love how the Japanese always make everything so cute!! It makes life worth living for!!!! xxxxx

  30. mishi says:

    OMG when I went to japan, we SOOOOO wanted to visit the ghlibi museum but we didn’t realize we couldn’t buy tickets at the door… EPIC FAIL! I’m so glad you posted this.. next time i visit japan I gotta remember to buy my ticket at lawsons or something! =P


  31. mishi says:

    I really wanted to go to the Ghibli museum during my visit to Japan but we didn’t realized tickets had to be purchased in advance.. EPIC FAIL~… I’m so glad u posted this.. next time I visit Japan I’ve gotta remember to buy my tickets at Lawson or something. I LOVE TOTORO! hahaha


  32. KY says:

    yaa wtf that totoro choc looked damn awesome

  33. Swee Ping says:

    I love all too! But if have to choose then it Totoro! Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle!! Oh, I like Whisper of the Heart too!

  34. sihan says:

    Omg! When I went there last year, I didn’t even know there was the Totoro Hot Choc!
    Fail to the max!! I wanna go there again D:

  35. Coco says:

    Spirited Away! My fave~

  36. Faye says:

    Tonari no Totoro!! My family’s favourite! 😈 😈 😈

  37. sandyryan says:

    lolx.. when did you cut ur hair..??? >.<''' love ur hair alot..~~ 😉

  38. yv says:

    i like pic#4!!

  39. Jay says:

    ええ。。。行ったことないけど楽しそうから今度絶対行くよ!フィルムも見たことない。。。悪いかな?オッケ、It’s on my to watch list for sure! Which shall I watch first?

    Jay xxx

  40. LJ says:

    Really nice place!

  41. meikwan says:

    makes me feel like going to japan! like NOW! wtf…

  42. WP says:

    I’ve never even heard of Ghibli before reading this post. lol

    I’ve heard of Totoro though 😛

  43. jas says:

    whats buta rosso?

    • ursie says:

      porco rosso! it’s this guy who’s real awesome at flying planes who turns into a pig.

      & btw cheesie, thank you oh so much!! i’m a huuuge fan of studio ghibli films as well (esp. totoro; it’s a childhood thing), & i can’t believe that such a museum exists (makes sense though)!! if not for you i would’ve been completely clueless!

      oh & just fyi, that stone cube thing (well a whole loada them) is actually what laputa is built on. can magically rearrange one; you should watch!! i preferred it to princess monoke. (:

  44. chocalita says:

    #44 is so cool :DDDD

  45. I like the Totoro hot chocolate FML. Gosh~~ It’s too cute. 😉

  46. sabrina says:

    My absoabsoabsoooolute favourite Ghibli has to be Howl’s Moving Castle! Whenever I watch it, it just gives me a really strange feeling. Kinda like falling in love o_o but with the film, not anyone in particular. Is it just me T.T

  47. amanda says:

    dun be a bimbo. if miyazaki were to consider retiring after spirtied away, he won’t come out with howls moving castle and ponyo after that

  48. Ellie says:

    Nice photos 😈
    I always wanted to go to the Ghibli Museum.
    Now, I definitely want to go!

  49. Pon says:

    Awesome! I went to Studio Ghibli Museum as well in 2009.
    But concierge directed us the wrong way and it was raining super heavy… Snowflakes too, in Tokyo. So by the time I got there I got sick. -_- Definitely an unforgettable experience. 😆

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  54. Daphnie says:

    Hey Cheesie!nnI’m planning to go to the Ghibli Museum this October but I’m REALLY worried about getting the tickets! Can I buy in Japan just a couple of days before my visit or should I reserve them through HK? 🙁 I read that I should buy them a couple of months in advance..:/

  55. Daphnie says:

    Hey Cheesie! I want to visit the Ghibli Museum this October and I’m REALLY worried about getting the tickets! Can I buy at Lawson when I’m in Japan just a couple of days before my visit or should it be months in advance? 🙁

  56. SheilaNeedsHelpPrettyPlease says:

    Hi Cheesie! I really hope you can help me out on getting the Ghibli tickets from Malaysia. My husband is a hardcore anime/manga fan and of course Ghibli! I’m still on my Google mission to find out how and I will extremely be grateful if you could help. Pretty please with cherry+strawberry+sprinkle on top? >.<”

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