Yuka, Me and Aya
On the 15th of Sept. I went to Ghibli Museum near Kichijouji/Mitaka with Yuka and Aya, and it was a lot more interesting and fascinating than I expected it to be! I really shouldn't have any preconceived notions of anything ever again! I regretted them the moment I walked in, really. We spent about 3 hours there. Toku shitane!
Anyway, Miyazaki Hayao is the artist on display in this museum. He has illustrated and created for movies such as "Tonari no Totoro", "Majo no Takkuyubin" and "Spirited Away", "Howl's Moving Castle"... but I swear, although some of these movies are bloody fantastic (i love the first 3!, and they are unfortunately the only ones i have watched), it doesn't do justice to his works.... I think it does to an extent, but not completely. I mean, his drawings are just beautiful (there was a gallery consisting of four small rooms, all walls covered in drawings!)... and what's more I just was bewildered by his research behind every single drawing... The photos he has taken, and collected in a scrapbook. The poems about Love, and about Sin, quotations by Popes, Shakespeare, Wilde, are all part of the research that goes into each and every moment that he illustrates... It was incredible. I mean, the guy reads book after book about gardens, aquariums, horses and the way they move, he has an encyclopedia on PERSPECTIVE, and about colour, and in French, Japanese, English.... Anyway, a lot of people I know respect him, and have respected him for many years, crediting his genius... But I only just really discovered the qualities of this guy the other day so I needed an entire blog entry to go on and on and on about him. He is an amazing artist, and I am a new fan club member.
P.S Yuka and Aya in the Jungle above!