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Soon-to-Open Studio Ghibli Theme Park Is Every Miyazaki Fan's Dream

Huge bear hug with Totoro, anyone?
ILLUSTRATOR Aichi / Studio Ghibli
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Fans of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation film studio that produced Spirited Away and Grave of the Fireflies, have been on the edge of their seats ever since plans to open a large-scale theme park near Nagoya were revealed in June 2017. So you can only imagine how the much of a big deal it is that the prefectural government of Aichi, where the attraction will be located, finally released the design and concept art of the upcoming tentatively named Ghibli Park.

ILLUSTRATOR: Aichi / Studio Ghibli

ILLUSTRATOR: Aichi / Studio Ghibli

The much-awaited theme park is set to open in 2022 (two years after the original plan) on a 200-hectare plot of land within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute City. It makes for the "perfect venue" to recreate Hayao Miyazaki's world since it's already home to a replica of a house from My Neighbor Totoro, which was on display during the 2005 World's Fair in the country.

ILLUSTRATOR: Aichi / Studio Ghibli

ILLUSTRATOR: Aichi / Studio Ghibli

Drawn plans show an aesthetic nod to Studio Ghibli's feature films, such as the 19th century vibe in Howl's Moving Castle for the main gate, and replica of the antique shop from Whisper of the Heart, tea houses, European-themed brick towers, and Princess Mononoke's Emishi village.

Just looking at the designs is making us excited for 2022.

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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