Studio Ghibli Museum is possibly one of the coolest museums on the planet despite the hordes of tourists that descend upon it every day. It’s interactive–like many science museums–but features so many interesting pieces of art that influenced, were created for, or led to so many of the masterpieces produced by Studio Ghibli. (My favorites: Princess Mononoke and the most recent (watched it yesterday!) The Borrower Arrietty). You get to walk around and squee at the gorgeous watercolors that make up the film, and also watch a short movie made just for the museum itself. If you make it to Tokyo, be sure to visit! But be careful because you have to reserve tickets ahead of time and it’s a big headache. And also nothing is in English. But it doesn’t really need to be–it’s about the art, isn’t it?
Above is one of the android robots featured in Castle in the Sky. It sits atop the Studio Ghibli Museum–one of the few places where you’re allowed to take pictures. It’s full size, so it actually stands about two-and-a-half humans tall. Pretty cool. Pretty DARN COOL.