Studio Ghibli The Boy and the Heron Exhibition 2024

The Boy and the Heron Exhibition to be Held at Ghibli Museum, Tokyo

The Boy and the Heron (“Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka” in Japanese, translated to “How Do You Live?”) is the latest animated movie by Studio Ghibli written and directed by the Japanese anime legend, Hayao Miyazaki. It took about 7 years to create the movie, which was finally released in 2023 summer in Japan. It’s Hayao Miyazaki’s first movie in 10 years since The Wind Rises was released in 2013 as well as after announcing his retirement in September of the same year.

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From November 2023, a limited-time exhibition “The Boy and the Heron Exhibition” started at Ghibli Museum.

The Boy and the Heron is a rare type of animation movie in the modern day in the sense that it mainly uses hand drawing with pencils and pens on papers during the production process while the mainstream of animation production today is with digital equipment due to the advancement of digitization.

The exhibition introduces various aspects of the production process of The Boy and the Heron, showcasing the actual drawings by a small group of Studio Ghibli’s animators and art staff including the director Hayao Miyazaki himself, and allow visitors to feel and understand the richness and power of hand drawing.

The exhibition is scheduled to be held with three periods, starting with the first part “Image Board” from November 2023 to May 2024, followed by the second part “Layout” from May to November 2024 and the third part “Background Art” from November 2024 to May 2025, with different items on display in each period. If you are a Studio Ghibli fan, don’t miss a chance to see the exclusive paintings from The Boy and the Heron at Ghibli Museum!

© 2023 Studio Ghibli © Museo d’Arte Ghibli

-The Boy and the Heron Exhibition

Venue: Ghibli Museum


Image Board Edition 18 November 2023 to May 2024
Layout Edition 25 May to 10 November 2024
Background Art Edition 23 November 2024 to May 2025

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*All admission to Ghibli Museum is by advance reservation only.
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