Hayao Miyazaki Plans Children’s Nature Retreat in Okinawa Isle Forest

Totoro and Princess Mononoke director Hayao Miyazaki is now looking to help children experience nature with their own five senses

Totoro and Princess Mononoke director Hayao Miyazaki is now looking to help children experience nature with their own five senses with work on behalf of a facility in the virgins forests on a small island in Okinawa Prefecture. Construction will start next April with an aim to complete the work to replace existing playground equipment with a reinforced concrete two-story building to accommodate about 30 people on Kumejima Island, about 90 km west of Okinawa Island. The Oscar-winning director will be bearing the cost of about ¥300 million (about $2,500,000) for the project after he conceived the idea.

 

The facility will be donated to the town after being built by local firms with local material.


 

via Japan Times


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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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