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Studio Ghibli exhibition held in mainland China for 1st time

A Studio Ghibli special exhibition opens at the Shanghai World Financial Center on July 1, 2018. (Mainichi)

SHANGHAI -- A special exhibition on the world of Studio Ghibli, for which director Hayao Miyazaki created many hit animation films, opened at the Shanghai World Financial Center on July 1, marking the first formal display of the famous works in mainland China.

There are many eager fans of Studio Ghibli animations in the country and they have been awaiting the arrival of the production company in China.

The exhibition was made up of an airship about 8 meters long, 285 illustrations and a special space designed after a character from the movie, "My Neighbor Totoro," to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the film's screening in theaters.

The exhibition can be enjoyed until Oct. 7 on the 4th and 94th floors in the prominent high-rise building in Shanghai, which was built by Japanese developer Mori Building Co.

Studio Ghibli Chairman Koji Hoshino commented at the opening ceremony, "I have strongly felt that people's interest in our works in China has grown since the 2000s. Many visitors from China often tour the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. I hope the exhibition will lead to interest spreading throughout China."

(Japanese original by Akira Kudo, Shanghai Bureau)

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