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Ghibli Museum in Japan accepting international donations to prevent closure

Japan’s Ghibli Museum started a crowdfunding drive earlier this year as it was forced to close during 2020 due to Covid-19.

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The Ghibli Museum is asking for donations from international fans as part of an ongoing crowdfunding campaign to save the attraction Mitaka, Japan from permanent closure.

The museum started the crowdfunding drive earlier this year as it was forced to close for much of 2020 due to Covid-19. In just a few days, the Ghibli Museum raised more than $200,000.

Initially, the Studio Ghibli-themed museum was only taking gifts from residents of Japan. It is using the funds for repairs and maintenance, and the minimum donation figure is 5,000 yen ($44).

Ghibli Museum crowdfunding campaign

The campaign page states: “Since opening its doors in October 2001, the Ghibli Museum has brought smiles and inspiration to countless Studio Ghibli fans from around the globe as a place for them to visit the world of Studio Ghibli films.”

It adds: “However, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the museum to temporarily close its doors and limit the number of visitors to the facility. The museum’s revenue decreased sharply and it is now deeply in the red.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is still expected to continue for some time, and if we continue on the present course, the museum may be forced to close down. To avoid this outcome, Mitaka City is seeking donations from the public to help sustain the museum.”

Donors receive Studio Ghibli postcard

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Donors will receive a postcard illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki featuring a robot from Castle in the Sky. However, donations are still closed to countries including the UK and EU member states, and to residents of mainland China.

Donations are being accepted from supporters in the US, Canada, Australia and Singapore. More information can be found on the campaign website, with the crowdfunding drive running until January 31, 2022.

Ghibli Park, a theme park inspired by Studio Ghibli, is set to launch in Japan next year. The attraction recently teased a My Neighbour Totoro-themed playground, which includes a replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house, as well as a life-size Catbus.

Images: Ghibli Museum

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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