Is it a cat? A mouse? A tiger?
With most of the world now into the new year and ... whatever it might bring, Studio Ghibli have celebrated the changing of years with an illustration by Hayao Miyazaki of what should be a tiger for the Year of the Tiger, but has the face of Boh from Spirited Away, giving the image (above) more of a household cat feeling than a tiger.
新年明けましておめでとうございます。— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) December 31, 2021
Studio Ghibli's Twitter account also shared a few intimate photos of Miyazaki drawing the illustration and laughing alongside long-time business partner and confidante Toshio Suzuki.
「寅」を描く宮﨑さん。 pic.twitter.com/HcqzHYu3Ns— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) December 31, 2021
Suzuki himself also drew his own, more realistic-looking, tiger for the year change.
鈴木さんの描いた寅ちゃんです。 pic.twitter.com/teFLAEiKtp— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) January 1, 2022
While Miyazaki's next film, How Do You Live? (which he calls his last, but he's been doing that for the past 30 years) is still a few years away, it's nice to see him start 2022 with a smile on his face and a pencil in hand.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.