(Construction) - The groundbreaking ceremony for "Ghibli Park," a theme park which features the works of Japanese animation film maker Studio Ghibli was held on July 28th at the Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture.
Scenes and settings of the films such as "Princess Mononoke" and "Kiki's Delivery Service" will be recreated in the five areas. Three of them will be opened in the fall of 2022, and the other two about a year later. The prefecture will build the facility, while the planning and management will be handled by a company established by Studio Ghibli and Chunichi Shimbun. Construction company Kajma will undertake the construction and architectural firm Nihon Sekkei is responsible for the design.
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"The philosophy of EXPO 2005 Aichi will be passed down to the next generation through Studio Ghibli's works which celebrate people, the nature and love. We would like to welcome many people of all ages and deliver their dreams and to liven up the whole nation." said Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura at the ceremony.
“Ghibli Park” consists of five areas. Construction of the first three areas: Hill of Youth, 0.8 ha, Ghibli's Large Warehouse, 0.8 ha, and Dondoko Woods, 1.8 ha have started. Remaining two areas, 0.8 ha Village of Mononoke and 2.9 ha Valley of Witch will be designed in this fiscal year with construction slated to start 2021 and opening in 2023. (2020/07/29)
The Daily Engineering and Construction News of Japan