Airships and Magic Lanterns Light up Ghibli Expo's Final Run

Exhibition makes one last stop in Aichi before joining Ghibli Park in 2022

Ghibli Park

 

Lockdown restrictions have slowed Japan's live events considerably, including Studio Ghibli's exhibitions and museum. But it looks like the revered studio will be having another crack at it in 2021 — Ghibli Expo is returning after a year away, this time with one last stop before it moves into its new, permanent home.

 

Ghibli Expo 2021 ~Ghibli Park, 1 Year to Opening~ will take place at the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, combining many of the features showcased over the last few years at the exhibition's many tour stops. A nosalgic, Totoro-centric key visual for the event has also been released.

 

Ghibli Expo 2021 key visual

 

Visitors will be able to tour a variety of themed showcases — both straightforward exhibits from across the years, and more immersive reconstructions of places and moments from the studio's films. Browse a hallway of movie posters and a room of merchandise:

 

Ghibli Expo posters`

Ghibli Expo goods

 

Check out a display featuring models of the movies' many flying machines, including a massive model of the airship from Castle in the Sky:

 

Ghibli Expo flying machines display

 

Witness Ghibli's Gentoro, a magic lantern tower previously only viewable at the Toyama Glass Art Museum:

 

Ghibli's Gentoro

 

Enter the world of the mighty Ohm from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind:

 

Ghibli Expo Ohm

 

And be greeted by a friendly Totoro and Catbus:

 

Welcoming Totoro

Catbus

 

Weekday visitors will also get a mini clearfile (while supplies last):

 

Ghibli Expo mini clearfile

 

Tickets for Ghibli Expo go on sale June 1, and the event itself is due to run from July 17 to September 23. (Dates are subject to change — keep an eye on the event's official Twitter account for updates.)

 

After this year's Ghibli Expo, the contents will be moved to their permanent home in Ghibli Park, which is due to open in two stages starting in autumn 2022.

 

Source: Anime! Anime!

 

Kara Dennison @RubyCosmos

 

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