Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, a renowned art and film production house, has hopped on the ‘Year of The Rabbit’ trend as well. Fans were greeted with an adorable Nengajo card drawn by the veteran Japanese storyteller to celebrate 2023’s Year of The Rabbit. The iconic anime studio took to Twitter to thank fans worldwide for their constant support and even shared more details about Miyazaki’s illustration.
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In case you aren’t aware of the term, Nengajo is one of Japan’s ancient traditions where people send each other New Year greetings via adorable cards. Studio Ghibli’s Year of The Rabbit Nengajo illustration is a great way to kickstart the year, especially since it depicts the enigma in Miyazaki’s animated characters. Apart from having the Miyazaki touch, the rabbit illustration also has references to his films’ iconic characters. The rabbit has been named ‘U-Chan’ by the studio, with a twin brother named ‘Fu-Chan’. The Miyazaki art also aligns with Japan’s Nengajo tradition perfectly.
This isn’t the first time Miyazaki is celebrating the Chinese New Year. In 2022, he also created an illustration of a tiger to commemorate the Year of the Tiger.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli is also coming up with a new animated film
Today, Hayao Miyazaki is an acclaimed artist whose films have stood the test of time. His iconic filmography includes Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. This year will be extra special for Studio Ghibli fans as Miyazaki’s production house has announced a new release for the summer. Once again, fans will have Miyazaki’s signature hand-drawn anime style to look forward to.
The new project, named How Do You Live?, will release on 24 July 2023. The story is based on a 1937 novel of the same name and revolves around the life of a 15-year-old boy figuring out his life. For the unversed, Miyazaki’s last release, The Wind Rises, was supposed to be his final film. Fortunately, in 2021, he gave up on his retirement plan and began working on more stories.
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