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huge studio ghibli exhibition in tokyo features themed food and a catbus for adults

'Ghibli Expo: From Nausicaä to Its Latest Film, The Red Turtle' features memorabilia from throughout the animation studio's vivid 30-year history.

by Hannah Ongley
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Jul 11 2016, 3:48pm

Studio Ghibli superfans just got a great excuse to get spirited away to Tokyo this summer. The Japanese capital is hosting a massive exhibition that brings the magical world of Hayao Miyazaki's animation studio into the real one — specifically, into the Roppongi Hills skyscraper. Ghibli celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, and the interactive exhibit will include 2,500(!) items from its entire 30 year history, including 80s publicity posters, concept art, previously unreleased materials, and a giant furry catbus for adult humans. 

Titled Ghibli Expo: From Nausicaä to its latest film, The Red Turtle, the exhibition is based off a similar one that took place for Ghibli's 30th birthday. But with the impending release of The Red Turtle — a French-Belgian-Japanese co-production between Ghibli and Wild Bunch — comes a lot of exciting new additions. One not so specifically tied to the latest movie is a themed menu from the museum's attached café, The Sun, which will be serving up weird and wonderful treats including Castle in the Sky's "Laputa Bread" and a black burger inspired by the Makkurokurosuke soot spirits from My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, reports Rocket News

Last year Miyazaki revealed plans for a full-blown, 10,000-acre theme park called The Forest Where the Wind Returns, located on Kume Island in Okinawa, Japan. While that won't be open for business for quite some time, this exhibition should provide plenty for fans to sate their appetites — for both films and actual snacks — in the meantime. 

Ghibli Expo: From Nausicaä to Its Latest Film, The Red Turtle is being held from July 7 through September 11, 2016.

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Text Hannah Ongley