Hayao Miyazaki’s not done yet. Far from it.
Everyone’s favorite animator may not have been in the spotlight a lot for animations, but he is not sitting idly twiddling his thumbs. In fact, he is planning to build a children’s nature retreat in an island in Okinawa. It’s an awesome real-life reflection of his films.
According to Japan Times, the goal of Hayao Miyazaki’s children’s nature retreat is to “encourage children to enjoy nature through their five senses”.
The retreat is being constructed on Kumejima Island, near Okinawa Island. There is already an existing playground in the area, but Miyazaki’s plan involves building a two-story building that can hold 30 people.
The concept is more specifically aimed at children who have been affected by the nuclear plant meltdown in the Fukushima Prefecture, which was a result of the earthquake and tsunami. If you remember, Miyazaki also participated in charitable efforts back then with sales of Hayao Miyazaki figurines, with profits going to charity.
The animator’s involvement in this current project equates to shelling out around 300 million yen – that’s about 2.5 million dollars. Not only that, he is personally working with the locals to sort out the details on the operations of the retreat.
I hope we see Totoro and Princess Mononoke in the forest.
Can this guy do anything wrong?