Lonely Planet Writer

Celebrate the animated magic of Studio Ghibli at Tokyo's 30th anniversary exhibition

Get your photo taken in the catbus, see a roomful of suspended airships, and eat a black burger at the Ghibli Expo currently underway in Tokyo, celebrating 30 years of the amazing animated works of Studio Ghibli.

Fans can marvel at these sculptures at the Studio Ghibli exhibition
The Studio Ghibli Expo in Tokyo. Image by Twitter

The retrospective has a range of exhibits showcasing the scenes and characters from the world of Studio Ghibli, creators of dozens of acclaimed animated feature films, including Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away.

The Studio Ghibli exhibition is packed with memorabilia, from original production sketches and storyboards, to character statues, film posters and t-shirts. Among the highlights is a room filled with models of various airships and planes suspended from the ceiling, including a moving replica of the airship from Castle in the Sky. My Neighbor Totoro fans will also not want to miss the opportunity to sit inside the life-size catbus, or visit the bar tended by Totoro himself. Even the on-site cafe maintains the Ghibli theme – black burgers, inspired by Totoro’s soot sprites – are among the menu items.

The Ghibli Expo runs until 11 September on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower, at Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills complex. Entry costs ¥1800 (US$18).