Sunday, 27 August 2017

The World of Ghibli


Looking for Marnie with my Sis

Is this what it feels like to be Arietty?

Kiki's not here, so we'll be filling in for her!

Last week my sister and I went to visit the World of Ghibli Exhibition here in Jakarta. Her friend Qeba managed to hook us up with free tickets and so we didn't hesitate. At first, our heart stopped when we thought we bumped into trouble at the ticket booth, but it turns out the exhibition's preparation isn't finished yet and we were granted an extra visit any time we want. How cool is that?! We walked in to be greeted by Pazu's flying shuttle and the giant robot from Laputa—which is an iconic part of the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. As we walked on, we found the re-creation of the castle from Spirited Away, the boat (and backdrop) from When Marnie Was There, Arietty's room, Kiki's bakery, Satsuki and Mei's house, Totoro and the cat bus from My Neighbour Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle—although unfortunately there wasn't any steam during our visit, the Kodama's forest from Princess Mononoke (unfinished), the creature from Nausicaä, Porco Rosso's aeroplane and a cute installation of Ponyo. It was a magnificent experience and we were glad to find the area not crowded at all—so much so that we could actually take picture in peace and more or less take our time. Unfortunately, the lighting was terrible, the motif on the hotel's carpet ruins the illusion and some of the installations don't go all the way to the ceiling.

Pretending to be Satsuki and Mei at their house

Just chilling in front of Kusakabe-san's office

Actually first photo taken because Howl's castle? Yes, please!

Everything is old but the loafers were thrifted // photos by AkitaQeba + the lovely ushers at the WoG exhibition

For my sister and I, Ghibli films have been quite a huge part of our childhood—we both started watching since we saw Spirited Away commercials on Disney Channel when it first came out. My sister's favourite film is Princess Mononoke—which we managed to catch earlier this month—and mine is Whisper of the Heart, one of their less popular non-fantasy stories. I feel like it's a bit of a shame that the installations available at the exhibition are mostly of the fantasy variety, even though the non-fantasy ones like From Up on Poppy Hill or Whisper of the Heart also have particularly notable settings and elements that could be fun to look at and take photos in—I mean, Marnie was there, for some miraculous reason. Also, it would've felt more alive with the appearance of the characters one way or another—either in cardboard/hologram mode or by way of cosplay—because we feel closer to the characters, for the most part. Totoro and the cat bus were the only ones available—although I hear the Kodama will also be there later on. There's also a film festival alongside the exhibition, and I'm hoping to finally catch Nausicaä tomorrow. Wish me luck!

P.S: Oh, I just remembered—I can't believe they don't have any installations from Pom Poko!

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