Hayao Miyazaki is better known as the amazing director behind Studio Ghibli with movies that have resonated with fans around the world. Now his childhood home which was used as the inspiration for some classic movies such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky, is being converted into Hanna art gallery.
35-year-old Asuko Thomas has rented the 80 year old house out and lives in a part of it while another section has been changed into an upstairs lounge with a couple of exhibition rooms on the ground floor utilising both Japanese and Western styles. What drew Asuko to the house was the design as he had no idea of the link the house shared with Miyazaki.
The family vacated the premises during the outbreak of World War II meaning Miyazaki lived in the house from when he was four years old until his third year of elementary school. Miyazaki, who is now 72 years old, said about the property, “That house is very precious for me, I think the home, as well as light and shadows in the garden, has formed some part of who I am. I’d like to visit it again someday.”
If you want to get along to have a look where one of the most revered directors in Japan grew up, the Hanna art gallery is open for roughly two weeks of the month for personal exhibitions, while the next one will feature works from illustrator Mami Yonekura which will run between April 6 and 21.