“Sketch, Flash, Spark!” ~ From the Ghibli Forest Sketchbook

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

poster for “Sketch, Flash, Spark!” ~ From the Ghibli Forest Sketchbook
[Image: © Studio Ghibli © Museo d'Arte Ghibli]

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*Ghibli Museum will be open from September 5.
*By appointment only. (Please visit official website for the details.)

Over 20 years have passed since the planning of the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, which opened to the public in October 2001. This exhibition will introduce the work behind the museum’s creation with pictures and texts by director Hayao Miyazaki himself.

The first room of this special exhibition showcases past special exhibitions that Miyazaki was involved in, starting with the first special exhibition “Spirited Away.” How was the film’s proposal, which the director has poured his heart into in-between production, created? What were the thoughts behind the modifications made for getting closer to what he aimed to convey? Such development process and embedded thoughts will be presented.

The second room tells the story of how the animation production company Studio Ghibli decided to create a museum through illustrations of image boards depicting the various ideas of how it should look. In addition, the blueprint with Miyazaki’s last-minute changes penned into the design will be on display for the first time. Moreover, visitors may compare the Museum’s conceptual image boards with a three dimensional model that shows concisely each level of the completed Ghibli Museum. At the gallery on the second floor, illustrations drawn for the exhibition featuring the museum short films will be on display. Here, visitors can also get a sense of being on board the children’s favorite Baby Cat Bus.



from November 16, 2019 to May 16, 2021
Weekdays: 10:00-16:00. Weekends 10:00-18:00. By appointment only.


Adults and University Students ¥1000, High School and Junior High School Students ¥700, Elementary School Students ¥400, Children over 4 years old ¥100.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Note:Advance Tickets Only.


Address: The West Park of Inokashira Park, 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013
Phone: 0570-055777

15 minute walk from the South exit of Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo and Sobu lines; From the South exit of JR Mitaka Station, take the community bus and get off at Ghibli Museum.

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