Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese theme park will bring his movies to life

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(From Conde Nast Traveler) Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki spent decades creating whimsical worlds, with animated movies such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro. And now, after retiring from filmmaking in 2013, the Japanese director is building a real-life version of his imaginative landscapes—a 10,000-acre theme park called The Forest Where the Wind Returns.

For fans of Miyazaki’s breathtaking and compelling films, this park is literally a dream come true. And much like his films, the park will center around nature—in fact, the whole project is more like a giant natural playground.

Located on the forest-filled Kume Island in Okinawa, Japan, the park will include a library, sleeping quarters for 30 people, and as few man-made attractions as possible.

As opposed to most buzzing and beeping theme parks, The Forest Where the Wind Returns will invite children to appreciate the world through their five senses.

Miyazaki will invest about $2.5 million into construction, which will begin in the spring of 2016. The park is set to open sometime in 2018.

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