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Check Out Studio Ghibli’s New Year’s Greeting with Miyazaki’s Art

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2024 is here, and that means the Year of the Dragon! Studio Ghibli rang in the New Year by sharing an online nengajo, a type of Japanese greeting card. Hayao Miyazaki drew a dragon for the card, and Studio Ghibli wrote a note about what’s going on, including the release of The Boy and the Heron, updates on Ghibli Park, and how the studio is opening back up on January 5, which is also Miyazaki’s birthday.

Here is the card Miyazaki drew:

Here is the note, as translated by SoraNews24:

“To everyone,

We would like to express our sincere New Year’s greetings.
Thank you for always supporting Studio Ghibli.

Last July, for the first time in 10 years, we released a new film, The Boy and the Heron, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and since then many audiences have viewed it. The production period lasted seven years, during which time major incidents such as wars and the pandemic continued, but we are very proud to have completed the movie for people all over the world to watch. It will continue to be screened over New Year’s, so we would be happy if you could visit movie theatres to watch it.

In addition, Ghibli Park has been opening sequentially since the year before last in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture, and once the Witch’s Valley opens in March, all areas will be complete. This is a project led by Director Goro Miyazaki, who has been promoting it for seven years since the concept was announced. We hope you can spare some time to come and see it.

In 2024, work at Studio Ghibli will begin on Friday, 5 January. On this day, Director Hayao Miyazaki will celebrate his 83rd birthday, and we are very happy that he is still working in the studio.

Thank you for your continued support of Studio Ghibli and Studio Ghibli’s films this year.


Happy New Year, everyone!

Source: SoraNews24


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