Upon its initial release in 2001, Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” captured the hearts and imaginations of people from all over the world–making it the highest-grossing animated film in Japan.
Known as one of Japan’s greatest animation directors, Miyazaki spent so much time and effort on this creation. From the mesmerizing visuals and music down to how the plot flows on a dream-logic, people can’t help but speak highly of Chihiro’s adventure in the spirit realm.
And for people who have always been fascinated by the animated film, a festival called Nagasaki Lantern Festival in Nagasaki City, Japan, let people experience the dreamlike world of “Spirited Away.”
During the festival, the city has been filled with red, hanging lanterns wherein tourists and locals can witness the film’s mystical world and overall color design.
In a video clip shared by a Twitter user @hitsuji_eat, the train is passing through the Nagasaki’s Meganebashi Bridge and Hama no Machi shopping arcade that looks exactly like the way to Yubaba’s Aburaya bathhouse.
— 羊食べる (@hitsuji_eat) February 4, 2019
The festival features more than 15,000 glowing lanterns within the Nagasaki’s Chinatown neighborhood–creating an amazing view as the lights reflect in the puddles of rivers and ponds.
The #Nagasaki Lantern #festival transforms the city into a colorful, "Spirited Away"-style wonderland for a couple of weeks every February. https://t.co/2Ba8GYNy5S#AllAboutJapan #Kyushu #DeeperJapan pic.twitter.com/m3ORg2ZsIJ
— All About Japan (@AllAbout_Japan) February 7, 2019
— 長崎市観光推進課 (@nagasakikanko) February 5, 2019
— ダイゴTV@長崎ご当地YouTuber (@YouTubeDai5TV) February 5, 2019
If you want to try an out-of-this-world experience, the Nagasaki Lantern Festival will be going on until February 19, 2019.
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