Wisdom from the Ghibli Museum

Atsuta Light Tony McNicol is a photojournalist based in Tokyo who has a great blog which covers his experiences both as a photographer and in Japan generally and, of course, always has great photos! Recently Tony did a piece on Miyazaki Hayao, one of my favourite directors, and he was given permission to take some photos inside the Ghibli Museum. I haven’t made it there yet but it looks like the most warm and inviting museum I’ve ever seen!

From Tony’s post, I clicked on the link to the official Ghibli Museum site and was presented with Miyazaki Hayao’s philosophy for building the museum. Most of it was positive and about what he wanted the museum to be and certainly each was a reason to visit. The last paragraph, though, was a list of what he did not want the museum to be like and it struck me that it was something that every film director should have framed on a wall, or tattooed somewhere on their person where they can read it daily – except replace the word “museum” with “film”!

This is the kind of museum I don’t want to make!
A pretentious museum
An arrogant museum
A museum that treats its contents as if they were more important than people
A museum that displays uninteresting works as if they were significant”


– Miyazaki Hayao “A few words from Executive Director Miyazai Hayao” on the Ghibli Museum website.

There are probably any number of words which could replace “museum” here to create an excellent philosophy to live by!

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4 comments on “Wisdom from the Ghibli Museum”
  1. It works pretty well,
    “This is the kind of life I don’t want to make!
    A pretentious life
    An arrogant life
    A life that treats its contents as if they were more important than people
    A life that displays uninteresting works as if they were significant”

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  2. Hi Brett and thank you that was exactly the one I was thinking of as I wrote that last sentence but then I started thinking of variations on both “content” (money being the obvious one there) and “uninteresting works” and couldn’t choose the right word for there so I thought I’d leave it up to the comments teehee.

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  3. I’ve been to the Ghibli museum 3 times now. It’s fantastic ^^ – especially when they had a guest exhibition from Pixar! You have to book tickets in advance though, and you aren’t allowed to take photos inside the museum. You either have to buy a book, or take away only memories, as the museum philosophy says.

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  4. I've been to the Ghibli museum 3 times now. It's fantastic ^^ – especially when they had a guest exhibition from Pixar! You have to book tickets in advance though, and you aren't allowed to take photos inside the museum. You either have to buy a book, or take away only memories, as the museum philosophy says.

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