The Ghibli Museum is definitely a place to visit for people who grew up watching Miyazaki’s animes. Miyazaki is quite popular in Taiwan, and I remembered that the first time I saw his anime was at high school in art class. He is famous for producing animes that talk about environmentalism, politics, with the main characters being independent girls or young women. Therefore, many agree that his films encourage young girls to be independent and to make their own decisions. Popular animes include My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and etc.
The ticket is reserved online, selecting a slot of time (10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm) to visit. Even if the number of visitors are controlled, there were still a lot of people when we arrived. The ticket to the museum is beautifully designed like a film, as shown in the picture below, and there is an area where you can insert your entrance ticket into a machine and see how it will be shown on screen. There were several rooms with different aspects in film- making but the one room that impressed me the most was the work place of the artists. What was surprising to me was how much effort and detail were required in making an anime. Taking colors for example, there were approximately 800~1000 little bottles of different colors on the shelf. Every detail of color that we see in a character’s face is actually carefully selected, using coding to indicate the specific color. And every change of expression in a second requires a new drawing. You can imagine how many drawings will be required in order to make an anime that is usually 120 minutes long (120 minutes * 60 drawings/seconds per minute =7200 drawings?). I was very tempted to take a photo (and it would also be easier to visualize and explain), but unfortunately, the museum doesn’t allow picture-taking. It would have been nice if they had tour guides there, since there were a lot of interesting aspects where I would like to know more about.
It is a relatively small museum, as you could probably finish the whole place in 1-2 hours, but if there is a crowd (which normally happens, it will probably take a little more longer)
Another thing worth mentioning is the background music in Miyazaki’s animes- produced by Joe Hisaishi. Among the many famous music pieces that he produces for the films, these are the most widely known: 君をのせて, Legend of Ashitaka, Princess Mononoke Symphonic Suite.
And here’s a clip to one of them: