Studio Ghibli's iconic Japanese museum is currently closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But that hasn't stopped the museum from displaying some of its awesome props and replicas to the world, with fans able to get a virtual look inside the museum and its many magical rooms through the Ghibli YouTube channel.
The Ghibli Museum was first established in 2001 and has remained a tourism hotspot since then. Tickets are usually in high demand and there's a certain level of exclusivity to the venue.
A glimpse inside is a rare treat, and with several short videos being uploaded to the new Ghibli Museum YouTube channel over the last few weeks, fans around the world are finally getting a look at the treasures inside.
This video explores an exhibit called 'Where a Film is Born', which is described as belonging to a boy wishing to make his own film. "The room provides lots of inspiration for what will go on to the blank piece of paper on the desk to become the origin of an actual film," the Ghilbi Museum said.
Inside, you can see a clutter of various trinkets, paintings and writings. It feels very much like a location taken straight out of a Ghibli film and there's detail packed into every corner.
Another video showcases the museum at night and features a particularly beautiful stained glass window installation that features popular Ghibli characters like Totoro and the Catbus.
While the videos are quite short and showcase only a small portion of the museum's exhibits, it's a fascinating look into a location that many of us may never have the chance to visit.
Since its foundation in 1985, Studio Ghibli has released over 20 feature films. Some of these have become animation classics! Others have stunk up the joint. While the studio is synonymous with the works of Hayao Miyazaki, don’t forget that a number of other directors have helmed projects for Ghibli, from studio co-founder Isao Takahata to Miyazaki’s son Goro.