Satsuki and Mei’s House in Nagoya

Satsuki and Mei's House in Nagoya

Ohayougozaimasu! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty dayo! (clearing throat) I would like to share our trip to Satsuki and Mei’s House in Nagoya this time.

Satsuki and Mei’s House in Nagoya

Satsuki and Mei are the main characters of My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki (Ghibli Studio). The story begins with them moving into an old house in suburb. This house in Nagoya is a perfect replica in a life-size! (of course it’s official) located in the Morikoro Park, a place that was made for the World Expo held in Aichi Prefecture back in 2006.

Satsuki and Mei's House in Nagoya

Note

Since entry to the house is all scheduled, just like in Ghibli Museum, you gotta be punctual. Not necessary to purchase the ticket advance but I strongly do so (just in case it’s sold out when you are there). Another information to note is that, it is located a little distant from Nagoya central. Also the park itself is huge (20-minute walk from the North gate, 10-minute walk from the West gate to the house). Make sure to get there early. We tried but end up had to catch a taxi!

 

Information

Name Satsuki and Mei’s House (サツキとメイの家|愛・地球博記念公園(モリコロパーク))
Access 1533-1 Otsu Ibaragabasama, Nagakute-shi, Aichi-ken
Business Hours

Weekdays: 10:00 – 16:30

Weekends: 9:30 – 16:30

Closed: Mondays, Dec 29 to Jan 1.

*Opens on Mondays during spring/summer/winter breaks.

Admission

510 yen for adult

250 yen for Jr. high school student or under (over 3 years)

Contact 0561-64-1130
Website https://www.aichi-koen.com/moricoro/shisetsu/satsukitomei/

Gallery

After check-in at the reception (suggested to do it before 15 minutes), the guide gives us (a group for the same schedule) some instruction and we are off to go to the house.

Satsuki and Mei's House in Nagoya
The reception.

 

We can enter the house with the same group (for about 15 minutes) but camera is NOT allowed inside. Don’t feel so down. We still can take millions of pictures from outside.

Satsuki and Mei's House in Nagoya
Hey that’s exactly the same as we saw in the movie!

 

Alright, photo time after the tour.

Satsuki and Mei's House in Nagoya
Looks familiar? Yes, that’s daddy’s room.
Satsuki and Mei's House in Nagoya
The way it is messed is perfectly re-enacted.
Satsuki and Mei's House in Nagoya
The Wadas with a friend.

 

Even little things are made the same (and actually work!).

Satsuki and Mei's House in Nagoya
Doing like they do in the film!

 

A view from the observatory. It feels there is a magic in there. Down there is totally fantasy.

Satsuki and Mei's House in Nagoya

Alright. Let’s call it a day.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? FYI, Studio Ghibli Theme Park is scheduled to open in 2022 right here in Nagoya. We would love to come back for it in the future for sure.

See you around!

Movie Review: Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)

your name kimi no na wa

Hello it’s Mr. Wada on duty. It’s time for a movie review! (NO SPOILER)
I just watched an animation film called Kimi No Na Wa.

Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)

Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) is a Japanese animation film released in August 2016. As of October 2016 in Japan, news says it is the first non-Ghibli animation film that has earned more than 10 billion JPY in box office which is considered a big hit.

Since it has been a big hit and hype on TV, it is starting to involve non-anime watchers. I am neither an anime watcher or non-watcher but sure I got interest in this film.

The Plot

A high school girl in suburb of Gifu Prefecture and a high school boy in Tokyo transported into each other’s bodies. They think it is a dream but they realize it happens for real. Both are confused first but slowly acknowledge what the situation is and then start enjoying different lives in different cities, bodies, and genders!

You may find it cheesy first but some mysteries and thrills might drag you into it. It is a love story after all but seemed to have good balance.

The Music

The music is by a Japanese rock band RADWIMPS. The theme song Zenzen Zense (前前前世) is very catchy and has influence to the film. Other songs and music in the film are also by this band.

Original Sound Track

The Creator

It is written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. I had have never watched his works before but I can tell that he’s very good at using rays very effectively and beautiful views. It’s quite something. We sometimes forget we are watching an animation. This TV commercial below is also created by him. Very recognizable.

Lastly

I suppose this film is a good example when story, music and some materials perfectly matched to what people want. Well, that’s trend right?

See you around!