The city of Mitaka, Tokyo, has so far raised over $ 200,000 through crowdfunding to help Ghibli Museum staying afloat after losing revenue due to the pandemic.
Totoro’s home: Designed by director Hayao Miyazaki himself, the museum exhibiting Studio Ghibli’s work, opened in October 2001 in the city’s Inokashira Park ANN.
The Ghibli Museum has a children’s museum, a technology museum and a museum of fine arts, which is dedicated to the art and technology of animation.
Other attractions These include a specialty cafÃ©, a bookstore, a roof garden, a theater for exclusive short films, a replica of Totoro and the Catbus from “My Neighbor Totoro” and a life-size robot from “Castle in the Sky”.
The COVID-19 Pandemic forced the museum to close in February 2020. It only reopened to all Mitaka residents in July last year and finally in September.
This year it was temporarily closed again from the end of April to the beginning of June, which further curbs its income.
Mitaka has given the museum a grant, but it is insufficient to cover its expenses and operating costs.
Fans came through: To further support the museum, the city launched a fundraising campaign that sought 10 million Japanese yen ($ 91,000) and collected donations from online supporters on the crowdfunding platform Furusato choice.
The campaign, which asks supporters for a minimum of 5,000 yen (US $ 46) in donations, is only open to Japanese residents.
As of this writing, the online funding campaign has generated over 23 million yen ($ 209,000) to date.
Supporters can continue to donate to the fund until January 31, 2022.
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