Last time I was there it had only been open for a couple of years. This time I was struck by just how Ghibli-esque the whole area around the museum has become. The park by the museum, Inokashira Koen, is really wild and natural. A lovely little overgrown stream leads all the way from the station to the museum. The odd Totoro pops up along the way too.
Miyazaki built the museum to slowy blend into the park. The giant robot on top of the museum is already half hidden by Autumn grass. One of the PR people told me it is their “guardian spirit” (mamorigami)
The museum was designed specially for children by Miyzaki.
This is a replica of Miyazaki’s ideal atelier (no computer, I noticed):
Unlike most Japanese museums (unlike Japan, in fact) there’s no official route. Perfect place to explore – and enjoy getting lost.
Here’s a link to an online gallery of all my Ghibli museum photos