Ghibli Park officially threw open its doors last year, but not all of the park was completed at the time. The section known as Mononoke Village is set to open on November 1, and the section known as Valley of Witches is supposed to start welcoming visitors in spring 2024. With the Mononoke section almost ready, Japanese news outlets like The Mainichi Shimbun released some videos that include looks at the Okkoto slide, the large Tatari Gami statue, making gohei mochi to eat, and fluffy plush Studio Ghibli merchandise.
If that food is making you hungry, Ghibli Park will give you the option of making your own gohei mochi or having someone at the park make it for you.
We’re also still waiting for the Catbus buses to guide people around the area, but those won’t be around until March 2024, around the same time that Valley of the Witches officially opens.
Are you interested in checking out Ghibli Park, especially now that you’ve seen more of it?
GKIDS licensed Princess Mononoke in North America and gave this description of its plot:
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes an epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity.
Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voice talents of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton.
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