Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Roppongi Hills - Ghibli Exhibition

After arriving in Japan the first thing I wanted to do was to go to the "Ghibli Expo: From Nausicaä to its latest film, The Red Turtle" exhibition at Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View since it was the last day it was there.

Inside the Roppongi Subway station they had these signs for the exhibition.

Some of the pillars near the building also had posters on them.

Finally got to the building itself and the line to get in stretched all the way to outside the building!

In line inside the building. This staircase went from the first to the third floor where the ticket booths were.

Close to the actual entrance to the ticket booths. Took me about 45 minutes of waiting to get here. Earlier in the day the queue time was 2.5 hours!

The queue inside to get tickets.

Finally got a ticket.

And then there were another queue to get to the elevators. Once at the top you were not allowed to take any pictures of the first 2 areas. Here they had posters from all the movies, storyboards, keyframe drawings and stills from The Red Turtle, a fake café where Totoro was behind the counter, a recreation of Toshio Suzuki's work desk...

Yet another queue to get into the second area where they had original drawings, sketches, production notes, ads, posters and an area with lots of different goods that were not for sale.

And finally a catbus where you could get your photo taken. This also had a huge line of course.

In the final area they had lots of illustrations from Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

And this big moving windmill.

Then finally you got to this moving model of the airship from Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

Closeup of the city underneath the airship.

3 smaller flying vehicles hanging from the roof.

Airship from the reverse angle.

The other flying vehicles from Laputa: Castle in the Sky and other Ghibli movies as well.

They had a café where they served food inspired by some of the movies which I didn't have time to check out.

And another Louvre manga art exhibit that was separate from the Ghibli exhibit.

The last thing I did check out was the gift shop. Totoro lead the way.

And Kiki too.

The Red Turtle poster at the entrance to the gift shop.

Lots of plushies for sale.

Figures and the movies.

And lots of other stuff including t-shirts.

Totoro bus stop display at the gift shop exit.

I bought one of these exhibition pamphlets.

It has some of the artwork shown off at the exhibition, like the original drawing for this Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind poster.

Kiki's Delivery Service and Only Yesterday. One thing they didn't include was a drawing of Kiki on the toilet and they had the original cel and background for the Only Yesterday poster art.

My Neighbour Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies. This is only some of the stuff in the pamphlet of course. It has something from every movie except The Red Turtle.

No map since it's no longer there.

This location was visited on 2016/09/11.

Ghibli exhibition official website

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I stumbled upon your site when browsing for anime pilgrimage and what a coincidence, I just happen to visit Japan last year and went to Roppongi Hills too! But instead of the Ghibli one I went to the Louvre exhibition because I'm a fan of Araki Hirohiko. So that's what inside the Ghibli exhibition, and that long queue, whoa. Anyway, nice site, you seems to visit Japan regularly.