The Ghibli Museum, located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka-city, Tokyo, confirmed that it had attracted 10 million visitors in 15 years since its launch in October 2001, and held a ceremony to commemorate the record today on January 14, with Keiko Kiyohara, the Mayor of Mitaka-city as the guest. The museum’s yearly average number of visitors is about 650,000.
The museum dedicated to the works of the internationally acclaimed anime production studio was build based on sketches drawn by Hayao Miyazaki, who has also served as the director of the museum. His son Goro worked as the first general manager till June 2005, but had to leave the position to direct Tales from Earthsea.
The second general manager Kiyofumi Nakajima also confirmed at the event that he was not sure exactly when Hayao Miyazaki’s new short film Kemushi no Boro/Boro the Caterpillar would be completed,
but expected to screen it at the museum’s Saturn Theater by the end of 2017. Back in December 2016,
the studio’s producer Toshio Suzuki said that the 12-minute short film drawn with hand-drawn animation
and CG would be completed by Spring 2017 and hoped to screen it in June or July of the year. The reason
of the delay was not explained.
The 10 millionth visitor, the Nagata family from Osaka.
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