There’s been a lot going on at Studio Ghibli this summer so let’s catch up on all the news and what to look forward to while we wait for their latest film, The Boy and the Heron, to get an international release.
The Ghibli Park in Japan has to be on every kawaii fan’s travel wish list and soon there will be even more to see. Starting 1st November, you’ll be able to book a visit to Mononoke’s Village and the Witch’s Valley, two new areas themed around Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Earwig and the Witch respectively.
Possibly the most exciting for me is a recreation of the Guchokipanya bakery where Kiki lives and works! I hope you’ll be able to buy snacks there. SoraNews24 have all the photos and more details.
If you’d like to create a Ghibli Park at home, you can make some of the iconic food from the movies with the Ghibli’s Dining Table recipe book collection. So far, there’s 3 books in the series themed around Earwig and the Witch, My Neighbour Totoro and Laputa Castle in the Sky. Of course the text is in Japanese but with apps like Google Translate it’s now much easier now to figure things out, plus they’re aimed at kids so shouldn’t involve anything too tricky! You can order them all from CDJapan or Amazon Japan, who both ship worldwide.
Princess Mononoke fan are going to love this very cool new fashion collection with Levi’s. Rather than just slapping some images on t-shirts, they’ve created some very unique pieces with all over designs including jackets, jeans and dungarees – okay, and t-shirts too. If you want to get your hands on this, the US site has an option for members’ early access on 5th August with the full release a few days later. Check your region’s Levi’s site/socials for more updates.
You can accessorise with these adorable new pochette mini bags from Donguri Republic (JP – requires forwarding service) which have a mouth or tummy-shaped clear window so you can use them like an ita bag. Choose from 3 sizes of Totoro plus Calcifer and No Face.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and the author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She lives by the seaside in Scotland in a flat full of kawaii, creating cute character goods as Asking For Trouble, working on endless craft projects and playing Nintendo.