Back in January, Studio Ghibli made the grand announcement that it would be opening a brand new exhibition in Tokyo to honour the beautiful calligraphy and words of wisdom from the studio’s co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki.
Called the “Toshio Suzuki and Ghibli Exhibition”, the event promised to wow visitors with special exhibits from Ghibli movies and an awesome themed menu, which had us impatiently counting down the days to the event’s 21 April grand opening.
In the end, we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the whole exhibition before it opened to the public, and joining us on the day were some very famous faces.
▼ Left to right: No Face, Mari Natsuki, Zeniba, and Toshio Suzuki.
Mari Natsuki is a singer and voice actress who voiced the characters of Yubaba and Zeniba in the 2001 anime film Spirited Away, and these characters take centre stage at the new exhibition with a host of related merchandise and a giant display in their honour.
The exhibition is being held in a hall on the grounds of Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo, which lends an otherworldly air of spiritual magic to the event, and just like at a shrine, there are omikuji fortunes here, located in the main exhibition room.
▼ The omikuji are located next to the two-faced display of Yubaba and her older twin sister Zeniba.
Visitors receive their omikuji fortunes by shaking a number out of these wooden holders, in the same way you would at a shrine.
There are two sets of wooden drawers beside the giant Yubaba/Zeniba display, with one holding the fortune paper slips for the red “Love Omikuji” and the other containing the “Fortune Omikuji“.
Opening the drawer that corresponds to the number drawn out of the wooden holders reveals your fortune, which you can take home with you.
No matter what level of luck is displayed on your fortune, each one contains beautiful calligraphy penned by Suzuki himself!
If you don’t mind waiting in line, you can head over to the mouths of the characters to pull out your omikuji fortune.
Inside each character’s open mouth, you’ll be able to see two rows of wooden tags with tassels attached to them.
On the blue side, Zeniba has blue tags which correspond to the “Better Fortune” numbers.