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Theme park based on Miyazaki films to open outside Nagoya in fiscal 2022

A Studio Ghibli Inc. image of the planned Ghibli theme park, with buildings based on the Hayao Miyazaki films "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Whisper of the Heart," is seen. (Image courtesy of the Aichi Prefectural Government)

NAGOYA -- A theme park based on the anime films of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki is scheduled to open at Expo Memorial Park outside Nagoya in fiscal 2022, the Aichi Prefectural Government revealed on April 25.

The local government confirmed that it has reached an agreement on when to open "Ghibli Park" with Studio Ghibli Inc., the Tokyo-based animation firm behind Miyazaki films such as "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away."

The basic design of Ghibli Park in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, was also announced. An elevator tower will be renovated to create a Western-style building based on the Miyazaki movie "Howl's Moving Castle" and an antique store related to another Miyazaki film, "Whisper of the Heart" will be built nearby -- together forming the main gate.

According to the prefectural government, the theme park will be divided into five areas. In the area where there is already a building based on "My Neighbor Totoro," namely "Satsuki and Mei's House," a hilly walking route will be recreated, and in another area based on the film "Princess Mononoke," a number of objects based on characters in the movie will be put on display.

(Japanese original by Tatsuya Michinaga, Nagoya News Center)

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