Studio Ghibli. Our family has recently been enjoying a movie marathon of some of the very best from this famous Japanese anime company. What really surprised me this time around was just how many details I'd missed from when I was younger and first watched their films. Perhaps it's Studio Ghibli's method of message delivery that strikes me the most about the their story-telling style. It's the little mannerism and things that aren't said that carry the strongest message. Some of the films are a simple story but told so magically that scenes from them run through your head all week long afterwards. The Japanese sensitivities to nature and human interaction are especially beautiful.
Kiki's Delivery Service tunes this month and I really love one of the songs written for Castle in The Sky. It was performed by Suginami Children's Choir and I get goosebumps every time I listen to it. Joe Hisaishi is brilliant. The word whimsical is over used ad-nausea but it is the word that best describes the worlds created by this studio's artists. I'm exited that so many new people will be introduced to Studio Ghibli this year with their collaboration on Ni No Kuni. My husband and I decided long ago that the next trip we take internationally will be to Japan. I'm adding the Ghibli Museum to the top of our bucket list. xoxo Agnes