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Satoshi  DATE: 17 Dec.(Fri) 08:56:38

Studio Ghibli's next feature film is "Kokuriko-zaka Kara", literally meaning "From 
the Kokuriko Slope", directed by MIYAZAKI Goro^.  It will be released in the summer of 
the next year.

The distributor Toho announced the news at its line-up release on December 15th, this 

This is the line-up release written in Japanese with the sauce of PDF:

"Kokuriko" is Japanization of the French word "coquelicot" and means "corn poppy".  
The original story is a manga authored by TAKAHASHI Chizuru:

MIYAZAKI Goro^'s father Hayao has favored the manga for 30 years since it was published.  
The background of the story is Yokohama in 1963.  It's said the movie will depict a 
high-school girl's daily life with humor and pathos.

"Kokuriko-zaka Kara"
Planned by MIYAZAKI Hayao
Directed by MIYAZAKI Goro^
Releasing in the summer of 2011 in Japan

legend  DATE: 11 Dec.(Sat) 23:19:17

i see that nobody's been here anymore

my question 

for God sake where is teacup chatroom NO.6? 

legend  DATE: 19 Nov.(Fri) 09:23:33

because i was chatting on hi ho japanese chatroom #6 (tea cup)

and now i'm still looking for this chatroom on google and this is what i got 

so please guide me 

legend  DATE: 19 Nov.(Fri) 09:21:02

hi pple i'm new here so give 
me an intro

Satoshi  DATE: 22 Oct.(Fri) 19:42:56

NHK broadcast a program featuring MIYAZAKI Hayao making his next short film last Saturday.

The program is "Purofessyonaruzu  Shigoto no Ryu^gi", literally meaning 
"The Professionals:  How They Manage Themselves" aired at 8:00 p.m. on October 16.  
In the program, Miyazaki struggles with the short film titled "Pandane to Tamago-hime", 
or "Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess".  The film will be screened only in the Ghibli 
Museum, Mitaka beginning November 20.

He aims "the ultimate hand-written animation" in the film.  Although its run length is 
about 10 minutes, 24, 000 drawing boards will be used.  The program says the film will 
be the densest one in Ghibli's history.

Responding the question why he kept challenging, Miyazaki, 69 answered that it was 
"stubbornness and vanity".  And he added, "No healthy words can help me."

Tim DATE: 15 Jun.(Tue) 09:49:09

Wow, I did a search looking for a "Japanese programmer" and I found this site. Funny, because
my girlfriend loves Ponyo and always sings the song "ponyo ponyo ponyo saka na no ko.."
she says it gives her "Power!" Now I sing it too.
I feel bad about interupting the flow of messages here (and I'll help with anyone's English to 
make up for it!) but.... Satoshi! your're a programmer!
My friend(he's in Chiba) and I have built a website for Japanese people 
and need some help but can't find a programmer. If you come across this shoot me an email.

Clef DATE: 2 May (Sun) 22:44:24

Sorry for the long delay. Yeah, I'm still doing the same work. Spent years overseas in
various places since we last met (Japan, Korea, China, Iraq). I think I tried to link up 
with you when I visited Tokyo while I was studying in Kobe, but you were busy at the time, 
if I recall. (would have been back in 2003-2004 I think)

I'm currently living back in the states, but will depart overseas again shortly for another year.

I've really been out of touch with whats been going on in the animation communities. 
I haven't seen any of Studio Ghibli's works since Howl's Moving Castle. I see one only 
one movie has been made since then? Did Miyazaki finally retire?

Satoshi  DATE: 5 Apr.(Mon) 19:58:08

Hi, Clef!  Long time no see!

Yes, I still post here., although posting became very fewer than before.

But I practice English as much as before.  Because I still want to talk with people 
from all over the world like you, Clef.

Where do you live, by the way?  Have you changed your job?

Nothing has changed for me.
Except one thing.  I have little chance to go out these years because I have a lot 
of things to do at my home and office.
I hope I can go around to the Ghibli Spots again as we did several years ago.

Clef DATE: 24 Mar.(Wed) 07:21:46

Satoshi!!! You still post here!? Wow, its been years...how you have you been doing?

HAPPYNEWEYEAR DATE: 4 Jan.(Mon) 18:53:34


Satoshi  DATE: 16 Dec.(Wed) 19:57:07

A new film of Studio Ghibli is announced.  It is to be premiered in theaters in the 
summer of 2010.

The title is "Karigurashi no Arietti" (literally means "Arrietty in Borrowing Life").
The story is based on Mary Norton's 1952 children's fantasy novel "The Borrowers".
The movie is planned by MIYAZAKI Hayao and directed by YONEBAYASHI Hiromasa, one of 
the most brilliant animators in Ghibli.

This is the official website:

"Arrietty and the Borrowing Family" might be best for the English title, but I'll call 
the movie simply "Arrietty" until the film makers announce the official English title.

Felix DATE: 13 Nov.(Fri) 09:29:47

Hello Satoshi-san,
thanks a lot for posting the photos, I've been wondering for a long time if the places in Mimi wo Sumaseba are based 
on real locations, as some of them really look - and feel - surprisingly a lot like certain places in Prague, Czech Republic
(the same could be said about Majo no Takkyuubin btw). Your photos show the reality is quite a bit different, but
I still hope to be able to go and see those places myself sometime soon, now that I know the location :)
I proly needn't even mention that this is on of my most fav movies ever.

Satoshi  DATE: 23 Oct.(Fri) 22:05:31

"100 Erikas", a display of 100 photos featuring a Japanese actress SAWAJIRI Erika, is 
now shown at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria:

The photos were first exhibited in Tokyo in 2007.  I visited the exhibition three times.

SAWAJIRI Erika was once booked for a new movie "SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO" but canceled 
because of troubles about contract with the management company.

Satoshi  DATE: 18 Aug.(Tue) 18:15:03

MIYAZAKI Hayao's latest feature film "Ponyo" (or "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea") was 
premiered the last weekend in North America.  The box office was 9th as the best of 
the Miyazaki films in the inner court of Hollywood:

This is the official site of the movie "Ponyo":

Satoshi  DATE: 27 Jul.(Mon) 19:36:00

MIYAZAKI Hayao appeared at San Diego Comic Con with John LASSETER:

He talked about "Ponyo", which is to premiere in North America at August 14.

Satoshi  DATE: 19 Jun.(Fri) 20:26:11

SAWAJIRI Erika is selected as the most favorite face among young actresses in Japan 
by a Chinese Internet vote.


The vote was done in the way which the voters from Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing 
selected a picture among the face photos of nine anonymous young actresses.

The nine actresses are at the age of 20 to 24 and very popular in Japan.  The names 
are as follows in order of the popularity in the vote.

TODA Erika
AYASE Haruka

SAWAJIRI Erika now lives in Barcelona, Spain with her husband.  The report says she's 
popular as the star in a TV play "1 Litre of Tears" in China.

Satoshi  DATE: 17 Apr.(Fri) 19:14:02

Hello, Hui Jing!  Long time no see!

Was Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea premiered in January in Singapore?  That sounds nice 
because I heard the film would be released much later in many of the countries.

Ponyo and So^suke are very cute and the film displays tremendous animation!  I hope 
everyone in the world would see it.

Hui Jing  DATE: 7 Apr.(Tue) 22:02:26

Hey! It's been a really long time since i came to this website.
Anyway, i've watched the Ponyo on a cliff this year in January.
It's cute! Haha.

Satoshi  DATE: 21 Feb.(Sat) 17:28:20

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea was awarded The 32nd Japan Academy Prize for Animation of 
the Year (in Japanese):

The film also made HISAISHI Joe awarded the prize for Outstanding Achievement of Music.

The prize for Picture of the Year was given to Departures ("Okuribito" in original 
Japanese title).  The film carried off the prizes in ten categories.

Satoshi  DATE: 21 Feb.(Sat) 17:23:11

Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke made 1-2 finish in a questionnaire by a website 
operator (in Japanese):

The question is "Which do you want to see again among all pictures awarded Japan Academy 
Prize for Picture of the Year?"  The website is operated by Oricon, which is famous as 
its CD and DVD charts.

By the way, the questionnaire has the other two questions.  The third question is 
"Who do you want to perform as "an actress in a leading role" in a film?"  SAWAJIRI 
Erika got the fifth place.   For me, this is the most joyful thing in this page (^^

Satoshi  DATE: 6 Feb.(Fri) 19:02:50

"100-nen Intabyu^" (literally "100 Year Interview", a TV program featuring MIYAZAKI 
Hayao is to be broadcast on a terrestrial network.  The program has once aired on a 
satellite TV, NHK BS-hi and is digested to 60 minutes this time (in Japanese):

Date & time:  February 14 (Saturday) at 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Network:  NHK General
Title:  "100-nen Intabyu^"
Cast:  MIYAZAKI Hayao

Satoshi  DATE: 30 Jan.(Fri) 12:13:15

alan, the Tibetan-Chinese singer whom I'm watching is to appear on "HEY! HEY! HEY!", 
a music program broadcast on the Fuji TV network at 8:00 p.m. on next Monday, February 
2nd (in Japanese):

She is to release her 8th single in Japan "Gunjo^ no Tani" (literally "The Valley in 
Deep Blue") on February 4th (in Japanese):

She sings the theme song of a movie "Red Cliff Part II".  A single featuring the song 
is to be released both versions in Chinese and Japanese.

It has been announced that her first album in Japan "Voice of EARTH" is to be released 
on March 4th, too (in Japanese):

ALEX  DATE: 4 Jan.(Sun) 11:46:53

Japanese agent wanted for intl trade company

We are an international trade company located in San Diego, California (USA).

The company exports timber products (lumber, plywood) from the United States, Canada and Russia to Japan.
We need a representative/agent in Japan who can work on a part-time basis. Native japanese speaker.
The job will be to look for wholesale buyers and importers in Japan's market. 
The candidate must be able to communicate and hold preliminary negotiations with companies in Japan.
Salary starts at $1,000 - $2,000 / month.
This part-time position can be transferred to a full-time position.
Please email your resume to Alex
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or call: (619) 677-0356

Satoshi  DATE: 12 Dec.(Fri) 20:05:39

alan sings the theme song of Red Cliff Part II, following Part I (in Japanese):

< The director John Woo's comment >
alan's singing voice is very beautiful, graceful, and carries straight to human's whole 
In Part I, she moved audience by skillfully expressing the unconquerable spirits and 
emotion of the heroes.
In Part II, we want to express romantic feelings of the characters,
so I offered her to continue the songs because I thought only her singing voice could 
express the feeling.

Satoshi  DATE: 11 Dec.(Th) 09:09:40

Marty Friedman has a very high opinion of a Tibetan-Chinese singer, alan (in Japanese):

He says he was moved as much as he had goose flesh when he listened to the theme song 
of Red Cliff Part I, and What he found her was his deepest emotion of this year.

Finding alan was my deepest emotion of this year, too.  Her voice is warm and dramatic 
with full of great feeling.  And she has mastered a technique of high-note fake (Tibetan 
yell) at her early age of twenty one.  And that's not all.  She's beautiful, 
cheerful by nature and has a quick mind and response.

I believe alan is one of the artists Heaven selects for sending to the earth once in 
ten years.

Satoshi  DATE: 10 Dec.(Wed) 20:22:26

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is to be premiered in South Korea this month and MIYAZAKI 
Hayao has got preparing his next feature film.

The news was reported in a radio program "Ghibli Asemamire" (Ghibli in All Sweat) aired 
on December 7th.

The theme song of "Ponyo" in Korean language is to be released, according to the film 
premiere.  FujiokaFujimaki and O^HASHI Nozomi, the singing unit of the Japanese version 
sings the song in Korean.  The song is aired in the program, too.

MIYAZAKI Hayao was shocked when he knew the number of the viewers of "Ponyo" was only 
86% of that of Howl's Moving Castle, his previous feature film.  He said to Suzuki, 
"Now we must make another one", and he has been talking about planning of the next movie 
every day.  He also says the story will be about a boy.

Satoshi  DATE: 14 Oct.(Tue) 22:01:35

Hi, Ben.  Long time no see!  I'm glad you seem enjoying your college life.

The Sky Crawlers is a story of fighter pilots in an alternate history.  In that world, 
real wars have been extinct and battles as a show are fought commercially between war 
contractors.  The battles are a show but actual.  Airplanes are actually shot down and 
the pilots are killed.  The heroes of the story are hired by one of the contractors as 
fighter pilots and called "kildren".  They are specialized for air battles, don't grow 
up more than the age of high teen and live eternally until shot down in the sky.

It's a really painful story, but at the same time the characters are attractive and 
the story line is suspenseful.  And the scenes of air battles are very exciting, too!  
I hope you have a chance to watch it.

Ben DATE: 9 Oct.(Th) 05:25:01

Hows it going everyone, i have been abit busy recently moving to university.  Not had much time for movies.  
Satoshi, i havent seen the sky crawlers, what is it about? Hope you are well.  Sometimes i like to watch the
ghibli films that are just about normal things in life like whisper of the heart.  Hi Kristina, im not quite sure
what anyone discusses here either ^^  If anyone wants to email me for a chat about ghibli or anything then that
would be nice.

Kristina DATE: 2 Oct.(Th) 22:46:07

Hello everyone! Im new here so I dont know so well what u guys discuss here ^^
However, I noticed some of u mentioned Czechia, which caught my attention, 
since I study japanese in Brno so I just thought I'd join ur discussion

Monse  DATE: 17 Sep.(Wed) 12:21:19

Hello!I am a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki, and I am very happy I found this place.
I am from MEXICO! :)
Maybe any of you can help me? I love Spirited Away,since it is my favorite movie ever.. and
I have been looking for many kind of fanart for the film.

I found some beautiful art here, thank you for sharing.
Also,I heard there was Nigi, an artist that made a lot of Spirited Away art but that 
removed their site.

Do you know where I can find that beautiful art in the internet?

Satoshi  DATE: 4 Sep.(Th) 12:12:07

Hi, Ben, I'm delighted you joined us.  In Japan, we've had rainy days these weeks as 
if the season has already turned to autumn.  So I felt blue these days but now I'm fine.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is the most favorite movie in my life!  At the moment 
I saw the movie at a theater in Tokyo, I fell in love with it and the director.  Since 
then I've watched all of Miyazaki's feature films on the premiere day.

Of course, I watched Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea on July 19 and I'm going to see it at 
least two more times.  Although the movie I'm most absorbed in now is The Sky 

Ben DATE: 29 Aug.(Fri) 17:59:43

Hi Satoshi, yeah the film is great! I was watching it in english subtitles.  I have some others i need to watch as well in a box set i bought.
Im not sure how i came across this bulletin board but i thought i would post a comment and see if anyone replied!
Sometimes there are Studio Ghibli films on television here in England on the film channel, i watched Nausica of the Valley of the Wind just the other day.
How is life in Chiba Prefecture? I would like to travel to Japan one day.

Satoshi  DATE: 27 Aug.(Wed) 09:15:29

Hello, Ben, welcome to the bulletin board!

I live in Chiba Prefecture, Japan and I'm a big fan of MIYAZAKI Hayao.

I love Whisper of the Heart, too!  The film is very popular in Japan and aired on TV in 
the prime time once in about three years.  Although I have the DVD, I watch the program 
every time!

Satoshi  DATE: 26 Aug.(Tue) 20:12:16

SUZUKI Toshio reached the age of sixty on Aug. 18th and his birthday was celebrated 
with a gorgeous surprise party.
MIYAZAKI Hayao told him he wanted to make another feature film.

That news was reported in a radio program "Ghibli Asemamire" (Ghibli in All Sweat) 
aired on Aug. 24th.

The age of sixty is very special in Japan because it means "the second birth" in East 
Asian sexagenary cycle.

58 people teamed up to set up the surprise party. While a few of them was keeping him 
away with a fake small birthday party, the others prepared the surprise in a first-class 
Japanese restaurant.

A singing unit FujiokaFujimaki, who sings the theme song of Ponyo on the Cliff by the 
Sea, sang a parody of YOSHIDA Takuro^'s "Seishun no Uta" (A Song for Youth) and his 
self-parody of it "Ro^jin no Uta" (A Song for the Aged) for Suzuki.

At the party, Suzuki announced that MIYAZAKI Hayao said he had decided to die at the 
age of 72.

Miyazaki is 67 years old now. In detail, he said to Suzuki:-

"I've decided, Suzuki-san. I've decided to die at the age of 72. That means I can live 
five years more, and we have chances to make only one film."

Ben DATE: 16 Aug.(Sat) 04:30:42

Hello, i have just been watching whisper of the heart and found this website.
How is everyone? I used to learn some japanese, id like to continue learning sometime.
Im from England.

Jan DATE: 28 Jul.(Mon) 16:10:06

There is a lot going on with the history books in Japan. I am Australia but come from a korean
background. I think Japan has a lovely culture. I went and brought kimono and I like sewing.
I cross-stitched a geisha, but my aunt who came from South on a visit was very shocked.
She said that in Korea people get angry because japanese supporters do it.
Japanese supporters (whose decendants are the same) were very cruel to Korea, lots of killing
unfair trials etc. Korea is very upset about the killings of its royal family too, last
prince of korea was forcefully taken away from his mother at 4 given a japanese education
and married to japanese woman...
Japan banned the korean language and give everyone in korea japanese names.
Took land from people without buying.
Horsemen with chain swords killed even young children on street for shouting 'long live our nation'
My grandmother's cousin (highly educated) was forced to go into the japanese army, they did killing practice
where they would experiment the fastest way to kill a person with a sword, the victims
were chinese men, children and pregnant women...when my grandmother's cousin was first 
told to kill a man, he could not do it...they beat him up and starved him until almost dead
..he was told to do it again, he couldn't so he would just stab legs and hands..which was more
painful, they chinese man pledded to just kill him....
The other thing Japanese soldiers was take girls young as 12 to use as sex slaves...

I asked my chinese friends what they thought about japan...their senario is worse..
read the book 'The rape of Naking' in english...sorry do not know the author....
there is a lot of brutal acts by japanese soldiers, stripping women naked and mass raping
then killing them, so many dead bodies it piles to a large hill, I saw this in a photo in
that book...it was so sad.

Both China and Korea is angry as Japan is changing 'truth' of history,
what is taught in these countries is the horrible things japan did.

When my grandfather came to Australia's war memorial most of the names of the people
who died, I thought they were japanese, but he told me you know people by their
surnames....most were korean, he knew as my great-grandfather went to Tokyo University
and had lots of japanese friends...

As a whole I think all 3 nations need to go forward, fix wrong things and join together
as friends

In Australia, I was taught nothing...its only when I took interest and began research
looking at both Japan, Korea, and china history books I began to understand.

Japan is working hard so that nothing negative is given to the new generation.
I can understand that too, but I wish that things will mend with all these countries
and have peace...

   DATE: 27 Jul.(Sun) 01:30:24

you don't have to worry about that, Sakura.
I think Japan is a good country 'coz I think they paid enough price for that war.
yeah you should not forget about the war but you need to know you are not the one who caused it.
Some Japanese neighbors just take advantage of what they did during the war period for the politic things.
Don't be worried. Be confident.

縺輔¥繧  DATE: 26 Jul.(Sat) 17:51:53

I am sorry that I write in it suddenly. 
I am Japanese 9 years old Sakura. 
Please teach it if good. 

Is Japan a bad country? 
When Japan was the country which did a bad thing, I learned it. 
News always apologizes to the foreign country with saying. 
Korean people were angry very much. 
Though I studied at school, I have gradually lost it what was right. The true history wants to know it. 
Please teach it. 
I wanted to hear the story of people in the world and I did my best and made it English. 
Thanking you in advance.

Satoshi  DATE: 14 Jul.(Mon) 12:39:20

The radio program "Ghibli Asemamire" announced three important news in the air of July 13.

First. MIYAZAKI Hayao will give you his messages about "Ponyo" by podcast on coming 
Thursday, July 17 at here:

Second. A long interview with MIYAZAKI Hayao will air in next "Asemamire" on July 20. 
The program will broadcast for one hour.

Third. "Exhibition of Studio Ghibli Layout Designs" is to open at Museum of Contemporary 
Art Tokyo from July 26 to September 28:

Satoshi  DATE: 7 Jul.(Mon) 09:02:10

Hi, Taishi, welcome to the bulletin board!

Please, stay as long as you hope.

Taishi  DATE: 6 Jul.(Sun) 11:12:12

My name is Taishi.
International school student.

BRENDA DATE: 23 Jun.(Mon) 21:50:03

please give me samples of bulletin board for english.thanks

Satoshi  DATE: 19 Jun.(Th) 12:23:34

The Studio Ghibli official site has announced that "special information" about Ponyo 
on the Cliff by the Sea will be released today (in Japanese):

The time is 7:00 p.m. of today in Japan Standard Time.
Why don't you watch the site?

Satoshi  DATE: 12 Jun.(Th) 08:49:56

Hello, Namae. Oh.., do you really think so?

I believed there are no young women who don't care freckles on their face (^_^

At least, Yu^ko is the type of a girl who cares very much in Whisper of the Heart.  
So she complained when Shizuku came late and made her waiting under the sun for a long time.

nihon  DATE: 12 Jun.(Th) 01:31:37

hi everybody

Namae  DATE: 10 Jun.(Tue) 09:22:33

Is there any significance for Yuuko's freckles?  I don't get why she's aggrivated about them.

Roxy Hanlon DATE: 6 Jun.(Fri) 17:33:08

Would it be possible if i could get the studio ghibli collection on single disc all 14 movies in all english language.

Satoshi  DATE: 3 Jun.(Tue) 09:07:52

All animation process of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea has been COMPLETED.

Ghibli diary reported that in the item on May 26 (in Japanese):

The completed process includes the end roll, so remaining works for the film are only 
making the sound track.

Satoshi  DATE: 2 Jun.(Mon) 08:29:57

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is to be aired in Japan on coming Friday (in Japanese):

Date & time:  June 6th, 9:03 - 11:24 p.m.
Channel:  The NTV network
Format:  Uncut HD size

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Satoshi  DATE: 30 May (Fri) 08:49:41

Nausicaa.net, which has been the most important information window of Studio Ghibli 
for the English society, has shifted to GhibliWiki.  This is the latest news page:

Jasmine Berline DATE: 26 May (Mon) 19:26:08

Could you please send me some examples of bulletin board design (pictures) for grade three english. It would be a great help for me. Thank you and more power!

Satoshi  DATE: 15 May (Th) 21:15:52

A large number of people have been killed by a cyclone and an earthquake in Myanmar 
and China.

May the passed souls rest in peace and may everybody's god keep watching on the victims.

Millions of people are struggling to survive in Myanmar and China now.  Why don't you 
do what you can do for them now?  Your help may save a life of the inhabitants of our 

This is the site of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:

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RACHEL DATE: 29 Apr.(Tue) 02:39:46




Satoshi  DATE: 17 Apr.(Th) 09:01:13

Our "Ponyo" top page has been renewed (in Japanese and English):

Satoshi  DATE: 14 Apr.(Mon) 12:24:41

A new poster for Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea has been revealed (in Japanese):

And the first trailer is to be released at theaters in Japan on coming weekend.

The long awaited season has started at last!!

coolcaptain  DATE: 29 Mar.(Sat) 23:51:46

It is HP of my illustration Thank you

Satoshi  DATE: 26 Mar.(Wed) 22:48:27

Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008 is to be open from Thursday, March 27 to Sunday 
(in English):

Thursday and Friday are Business Days only for business-related people and Saturday 
and Sunday are Public Days open for the general public.

Place:  Tokyo Big Sight.  The access map
Open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Admission fee:-
    Adults:  \1,000-
    Junior and senior high school students:  \500-
    Primary school students or children under school age or people of 65 and over:  free

Studio Ghibli and The Ghibli Museum are going to have the booth (in Japanese):

The Totoro balloon will be the guide for the booth as in other years.

Satoshi  DATE: 10 Mar.(Mon) 10:41:14

I'm sorry.  I made a mistake on the previous post.
The Ghibli official site is written in Japanese as usual.

Satoshi  DATE: 10 Mar.(Mon) 09:09:54

The first leaflet for "Ponyo" movie has appeared at theaters as the Ghibli official 
site has announced (in English):

I got one yesterday (Bravo!)

The face of the leaflet features the familiar picture of "The Ponyo in a green 
bucket", the only picture officially disclosed.

On the back, three items are printed.  First is an article written by MIYAZAKI Hayao.  
It starts with this paragraph:-

"This is a story where Ponyo, a fish living in a sea, has all her own way to live 
with So^suke, a human boy.  And at the same time, a story where So^suke, a five year 
old boy, keeps his promise in all his way".

Second is a distant view of the scene of the story.  It shows the sea, the house on 
a cliff where So^suke and his family live, and the nearest town.

Third is the score and the words of the theme song.

But the most joyful news for English users like us must be the official international 
English title is first announced by the film makers.  In English sites, the title 
"Ponyo on a Cliff" has been used temporarily.  I have recommended "Ponyo on the Cliff 
Top".  The string added to the Japanese title is however:-

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Hui jing  DATE: 25 Feb.(Mon) 16:44:21

ohh .
okays .
icic .
Looking forward to it (:

Satoshi  DATE: 19 Feb.(Tue) 09:05:51

It seems very fine and hot in Singapore.  I envy you, Hui Jing (^^

Ponyo on a Cliff is a story of a fish girl who wants to become a human and a human boy 
of five years old.
It's said the touch of the pictures is completely different from Miyazaki's former works.

Hui jing  DATE: 16 Feb.(Sat) 22:02:18

Yea . I'm in the third year now,

Hmm .
Weather in singapore is fine .
Its not cold . 

Hmm .
Ponyo on a Cliff, was is it about ?

Satoshi  DATE: 15 Feb.(Fri) 21:32:50

Hello, Hui Jing!  Long time no see!!

Of course, I remember you very much!  I believe you're in the third year of a secondary 
school now.

How's the weather these days in Singapore?

In Japan, it's in the depth of winter now, and we've had coldest days this week.
Because I go to work by bicycle, it's cold enough even though I wear a heavy overcoat 
and a heavy scarf and thick gloves.

Studio Ghibli's and Director Miyazaki's new film "Ponyo on a Cliff" is to be released 
in summer!
I can't wait until the day (^^;

Hui Jing  DATE: 13 Feb.(Wed) 21:25:36

Looking bak at wad i talked about last tym was so funny .
Few years since i last posted here .
Wondering whether you still remember me .
Lol .
I dun see any ghibli's films nowadays .
Except earth sea.
Well, Are there any films they're currently making right now?

Satoshi  DATE: 6 Feb.(Wed) 20:37:48

Feature programs on Studio Ghibli will air on TV on weekends (in Japanese):

Date: Sunday, Feb. 10
Time: 15:00 - 16:25
Network:  NTV
Program: "The Legendary Programs of The NTV Picture Kingdom in 55 Years and The 
Grand Release Special of Mega-Rare Pictures"

The featured section is the audience rating of the Ghibli films in history which 
were aired in a program "The Friday Road Show" (about five minutes).

Date:  Monday, Feb. 11
Time:  11:55 - 13:55
Network:  NTV
Program:  "Omoikkiri Ii!! Terebi" (literally, "The Best of Bests!! the Program")

Studio Ghibli from the foundation until today will be reported in a section "Kyo^ wa 
Nanno Hi" (literally, "What day is it?"

Satoshi  DATE: 4 Feb.(Mon) 18:42:41

It was aired in a radio program on February 3 about the part of the press conference 
on the replacement of the Studio Ghibli president.

The following is the official web site of the radio program "SUZUKI Toshio no Ghibli 
Asemamire" (literally "SUZUKI Toshio's Ghibli in All Sweat") of Tokyo FM station (in 

In the press conference, the new president told about one of the reason why he moved 
from the Walt Disney Company to Studio Ghibli that Walt Disney had passed away while 
MIYAZAKI Hayao, TAKAHATA Isao and SUZUKI Toshio were still alive.  He said it was very 
exciting that he could work with such the living legends.

Satoshi  DATE: 4 Feb.(Mon) 08:55:26

This is a detailed news article on the replacement of the Studio Ghibli president:

Satoshi  DATE: 1 Feb.(Fri) 19:23:55

This is another news article of the replacement of the president of Studio Ghibli 
(in Japanese):

In the photo, Suzuki is left and Hoshino right.

Suzuki has been the president since Studio Ghibli separated from its parent company 
in 2005, but he says he has been thinking it is impossible that one person is 
responsible for production of films and management of a company at the same time.

So he decided to make himself concentrate on production by handing over the management 
of the company to Hoshino who has been his long-time collaborator.

Satoshi  DATE: 1 Feb.(Fri) 18:41:06

The official site of Studio Ghibli has announced the replace of the president (in Japanese):

The name of the new president is HOSHINO Ko^ji.  He was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1956, 
and successively held the president (2000 - 2007) and the chairperson (2007 - 2008) of 
The Walt Disney Company Japan.

SUZUKI Toshio's new post is "The representative director and the producer".

Satoshi  DATE: 1 Feb.(Fri) 12:30:26

SUZUKI Toshio resigned from the president of Studio Ghibli today, February 1, JST 
(in Japanese):

He is going to concentrate on the works of a producer.

Satoshi  DATE: 1 Feb.(Fri) 08:41:45

Whisper of the Heart is to air on the NTV network in Japan at 21:03 - 23:19 on Friday, 
February 22 (in Japanese):

The program title is "Kin'yo^ Ro^dosho^" (literally "Friday's Road Show").  An uncut 
version will be televised.  The broadcast format will be up-converted HDTV, so a digital 
terrestrial television set can receive and show it in full size.

Satoshi  DATE: 29 Jan.(Tue) 18:11:43

Panda!, Go, Panda!, early works of TAKAHATA Isao and MIYAZAKI Hayao are to show again 
in theaters (in Japanese):

"Panda!, Go, Panda!" (1972) and its sequel "Panda!, Go, Panda!: The Rainy-Day Circus" 
(1973) are of the original story, screenplay and layout by Miyazaki, and directed by 
Takahata.  They are a heart-warming comedy series.  Both are scheduled to start showing 
in Cinema ANGELICA at Shibuya, Tokyo on March 15 and other theaters in Japan.

Satoshi  DATE: 16 Jan.(Wed) 12:27:08

The story board of Ponyo on A Cliff is completed!!

Director Miyazaki temporarily finished the story board on Monday, Jan. 7, and made 
minor revision on it by Friday, Jan. 11, and THE STORY BOARD OF PONYO ON A CLIFF 

The film has totally 1138 cuts, and the story board is made of five parts -- A, B, 
C, D and Epilogue.

Satoshi  DATE: 7 Dec.(Fri) 09:02:12

The official site of "Ponyo on a Cliff" opened on Dec. 5.

Unfortunately, it does not have an English page at present.

Satoshi  DATE: 2 Nov.(Fri) 08:57:55

ERIKA's new single Destination Nowhere is to be released on Nov. 28 and her website 
has been renewed (in Japanese):

The contents of the single CD are:-

    1. Destination Nowhere
    2. ESCAPE
    3. FREE-overrocket101007mix-
    4. Destination Nowhere-instrumental-

Satoshi  DATE: 24 Oct.(Wed) 22:14:48

The title of the radio program featuring a film producer and the president of Studio 
Ghibli, SUZUKI Toshio has been decided "SUZUKI Toshio no Ghibli Asemamire" (literally 
"SUZUKI Toshio's Ghibli in All Sweat") and Episode 3 was aired last Sunday (in Japanese):

The program is broadcast at 11:00 - 11:30 p.m. on every Sunday from Tokyo FM and the 
networked local FM stations.

The guest of Episode 3 was a film director YUKISADA Isao.  As he and Suzuki love 
Japanese old movies, they had lively talks about the topic.  And they talked a little 
about the Sawajiri matter, too.

About the matter SAWAJIRI Erika showed bad moods during the stage appearance at the 
premiere of Closed Note, which stars her and Yukisada directs, he said he wanted the 
media to report more about the contents of the film.  But he expected the media 
bashing became a chance for audience to be interested in the film, too, because he 
believed the audience would be satisfied if they watch it.

Satoshi  DATE: 12 Oct.(Fri) 20:29:48

A radio program hosted by SUZUKI Toshio started on Sunday, October 7:

It is announced the program will preview the theme song for Ponyo on a Cliff on October 14.

Satoshi  DATE: 12 Oct.(Fri) 20:03:02

Same as the last week, "Closed Note", a movie featuring SAWAJIRI Erika ranked second, 
next to the blockbuster "HERO":

Media have given her hard bashing after she showed bad moods during the stage 
appearance on the premiere of November 29, but that seems to have not influenced on 
the figure.

The movie is a love story with unexpected twists at the end.  I hope you enjoy it 
when it is shown in your town.

Satoshi  DATE: 8 Oct.(Mon) 19:51:46

The theme song of Ponyo on a Cliff of MIYAZAKI Hayao is to be released on December 5 
of this year, and the first trailer of the film will be on theaters by May of the next 
year at the latest (in Japanese):

The title of the theme song is not known yet.  The lyrics is written by KONDO^ Katsuya, 
the animation director of "Ponyo" and the composer is HISAISHI Joe, our very familiar 
name.  The singers are three people -- two 55-year-old men and an eight-year-old girl.  
They are going to make up a special unit for the song but the name is not known yet, 

The contents of the theme song is a girl who is singing in a bath and the father who 
is helping her.  Producer Suzuki says it is a nice song like the theme song of 
My Neighbor Totoro.

ken japan  DATE: 2 Oct.(Tue) 00:16:26

I came from Japan. 
It is exchange of the Pokemon recruitment. 


Red muffler DVD distribution MANAPHY Mo. 

It is Japanese movie Darcrai that I put out. 

Satoshi  DATE: 29 Aug.(Wed) 20:42:19

SAWAJIRI Erika is to appear on TV variety shows, a TV information magazine "The 
Television" reported.

The programs are "SMAPxSMAP" at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, September 10 and "Mentore G" at 
9:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16.  Both are aired from Fuji Television.

"SMAPxSMAP" is hosted by SMAP, a super popular pop group, and "Mentore G" (literally 
"Mental Training G") is hosted by TOKIO, another popular pop group.

Her appearance on TV must be promotion of the upcoming movie "Closed Note".

Satoshi  DATE: 24 Aug.(Fri) 12:28:09

 A new TV Commercial featuring SAWAJIRI Erika has been released on the Net:
(In Japanese.  And CAUTION!  The page starts up sound automatically)

To stop the sound, click the text under the video thumbnail at the bottom right of 
the window and you'll go to the video portal page without sound.  The page has portals 
to "CM movie" (The commercial) and "CM making" (The making film of the commercial).  
The "CM movie" contains 15-second and 30-second versions.

This commercial is made for new cookies, "fran aromatier" of Meiji Seika.  The song 
is "fake star" sung by HIRAI Ken.

Satoshi  DATE: 23 Aug.(Th) 13:30:46

I found four magazines with the cover of a picture of SAWAJIRI Erika at a convenience 
store this morning, and I made impulse buying of all of them (^^;

The reason why she appears on the magazines at once must be the promotion of her new 
photo collection "ERIKA 2007".

"Closed Note", the new movie starring her is coming next month, too, and her website 
announces she's going to appear on other 16 magazines.

Satoshi  DATE: 8 Aug.(Wed) 20:26:08

A famous ninja comics is to be made into a movie starring MATSUYAMA Ken'ichi (in 

The comics is a set of serial short stories titled "Kamui Gaiden" (literally "The 
Separate Legend of Kamui") authored by SHIRATO Sampei, one of greatest masters in Japan 
(in Japanese and English):

A boy with genius physical ability, "Kamui" became a ninja to come through the 
miserable circumstances of his family.  But the ninja society was too cruel for the 
people who want to be proud to live.  He became a runaway and now is chased by one 
assassin after another from the ninja society and must fight for his life against 
them.  His arts and tricks are getting far more skillful because of attachment to life.

The film is directed by SAI Yo^ichi and the screenplay is written by KUDO^ Kankuro^.  
The movie is to be filmed from November to February of '08 and premiered in 2009.

KUDO^ "Kudokan" Kankuro^ is a very popular scenario writer and known as his original 
slapstick style but this time he's "puzzled and enjoying to use a straightforward 
style which my carrier has almost never seen".

Satoshi  DATE: 2 Aug.(Th) 12:15:50

A Selection of HAGIO Moto, an acclaimed Japanese comic artist has been started 
publishing since last month.

The first and second volume contain her early masterpiece "To^ma no Shinzo^" 
(literally "The Heart of Thoma") and are now on the market.  The following is the 
first volume (in Japanese and English):

The story is located at a boys' boarding school "Schlotter-Betz Gymnasium" in a small 
town "Nordbaden" of Germany.  The town lies on the shore of the Rhine.  There are 
Heidelberg on the lower reaches and Karlsruhe on the upper.

A death of a boy brings about confusion to the other boys of 13 to 15 years at the 
school and that makes their worries, hardships, wishes, despair, friendship and love 
come to light.

The author is influenced by Hermann HESSE.  This work is what she has recreated 
Hesse's literary world with her own mind and phrases of girls' comics (sho^jo manga).

Satoshi  DATE: 30 Jul.(Mon) 08:45:03

The "Tales from Earthsea" official UK site has been open (in English, of course!)

The theatrical release date is announced to be August 3.

Satoshi  DATE: 23 Jul.(Mon) 12:42:23

The official site of the next film starring SAWAJIRI Erika "Closed Note" has been open 
(in Japanese):

"Closed Note" means "The Closed Notebook" in Japanese dialect.

This page has the link to the trailer page, but CAUTION!  The page automatically begins 
the trailer with sound.

Satoshi  DATE: 23 Jul.(Mon) 12:13:45

Iraq 2 - Vietnam 0

What a pity!  But I expect the next chance!

Satoshi  DATE: 17 Jul.(Tue) 08:54:23

Good morning, Vietnam!

Congratulations on your reaching the quarter-finals!

You made a nice fight last night.  I really wanted your advancing even while the game 
was going, so I'm very happy now.

Let's meet again in Jakarta on the last day!

Satoshi  DATE: 14 Jul.(Sat) 08:21:03

A rerun of the TV drama "One Liter of Tears" is to be broadcast in Japan from next 
Tuesday, July 17.

The schedule message on the SAWAJIRI Erika's official site (in Japanese) announces.  
The airing area will include Tokyo and the suburbs.

Satoshi  DATE: 11 Jul.(Wed) 19:32:04

It is announced that Tales from Earthsea is to be the top in the July 16 issue of the 
Oricon weekly DVD chart (in Japanese):

Satoshi  DATE: 11 Jul.(Wed) 19:01:20

It is announced that ERIKA's "FREE" is to be the top in the July 16 issue of the Oricon 
weekly single chart (in Japanese):

And this is the portal page to the official sites of SAWAJIRI Erika and ERIKA (in Japanese):

Satoshi  DATE: 10 Jul.(Tue) 17:32:41

Hello, berry!  Welcome to this bulletin board!

The region 2 version of "Gedo Senki" or "Tales from Earthsea" has already released in 
Japan, but the release schedules in overseas have not been officially announced.  So you 
must wait a bit longer.

Tales from Earthsea is worth the extra waiting because the film is so popular that it 
ranked third at the boxoffice of the films released in Japan in 2006.  Although an old 
Miyazaki Sr. fan like me may feel the film lacks something.

berry  DATE: 6 Jul.(Fri) 13:40:39

Do you know when "Gedo Senki" will be available on DVD?
I know it's not going to come out for a while...
I heard it's awesome, and I hope I get to see it soon!!


Satoshi  DATE: 5 Jul.(Th) 12:57:10

Tales From Earthsea got the top in the daily DVD ranking (in Japanese):

Satoshi  DATE: 4 Jul.(Wed) 20:19:34

ERIKA's "FREE" got the top in the daily single ranking (in Japanese):

Satoshi  DATE: 3 Jul.(Tue) 09:12:54

You can listen to ERIKA's debut single "FREE" with the video clip for free until noon of 
July 4, JST.

Check the web page of Sony Music Online Japan (in Japanese and CAUTION!  It starts with 
loud music.)

Satoshi  DATE: 30 Jun.(Sat) 17:26:09

SAWAJIRI Erika's new photo collection "ERIKA 2007" is to be published on August 29 
(in Japanese):

The photography is located in Paris, Mont Saint-Michel, Nice and Milan.  Erika produces 
the book for design, location and costume selection.  You can get a limited edition with 
an appended DVD containing the making and others if you order it in advance by August 12.

This is the amazon page for the book (partly in Japanese):

It's said this photo collection contains some sexy shots, but probably it's a "mild" 
one and she doesn't wear a bathing suit because the time is March.  This may be a book 
taken by more women than men.  I'm a man and have already ordered it, by the way (^^

If you want "wild" photos of her, I recommend this book.  This photo collection prints 
Erika of 17 years and contains a lot of bathing suits.

Satoshi  DATE: 29 Jun.(Fri) 08:56:44

ERIKA, a new artist who resembles SAWAJIRI Erika and whose detailed identity has not 
been public, is to appear on MTV Japan on July 4.  SAWAJIRI Erika is to interview 
ERIKA in a program.  It'll be the first time ERIKA appears on media.

This is the official photo report of the program in the making (in Japanese):

The program's title is literally "SAWAJIRI Erika Introducing ERIKA -- A Rose and a 
Guitar --"  In the photos, SAWAJIRI Erika wears pink dress with hair tied at the back, 
having a rose in hand, and ERIKA wears a jacket and a hat with a plume on long hair, 
having a guitar.

They resemble each other as much as you can tell they are the same person (^^;

It is announced that the contents of the program will be published on the same page 
within July and August.

Satoshi  DATE: 26 Jun.(Tue) 15:42:22

Hello, maxs.  Welcome to the bulletin board!

I'm pleased I find another person who's interested in SAWAJIRI Erika.  Of course, I'll 
post more and more news about her (^^

maxs  DATE: 25 Jun.(Mon) 17:53:11

Hi Satoshi,
please post more news about Sawajiri Erika. thx.

Satoshi  DATE: 23 Jun.(Sat) 16:11:13

To "test"

That's right.  This is a bulletin board for English language only.  Any messages written 
in other languages including Japanese would be removed without notice.

If you want to ask a question about this board in Japanese, please post it on this board.  
I watch the board almost everyday.

Your message on this board will be removed in ten days.

Satoshi  DATE: 20 Jun.(Wed) 14:19:42

Kiki's Delivery Service is to air in Japan on Friday, July 13 (in Japanese):

Further details are:

    Time & Channel:  9:03 - 11:04 p.m.,  NTV
    Program:  Kin'yo^ Ro^dosho^ (The Friday Road Show)
    English dub & sub:  unknown yet but possible
    Others:  HD up-converted uncut version

Satoshi  DATE: 15 Jun.(Fri) 18:51:32

[REAL ERIKA on June 8]

This week's topic is "The summit meeting"

NAGASAWA Masami, a very popular young actress is on the program as the guest for this week.

Erika and she have met several times before at an award ceremony or something like that, 
but only had brief talks after saying hello.  So this is the first time they have a real 
conversation although they are recognized as the top two of the most promising actresses 
by Japanese audience and media.

The conversation starts with giving presents.

Erika:  "Surprise!"
Masami:  "Huh?"
Erika:  "Happy Birthday!"
Masami:  "Wow! Really?  You know that!"

The recording was done just after Masami's 20th birthday.  The presents are a set of 
candles and a DVD of "Almost Famous."  Erika wants Masami become a Led Zeppelin fan like 
herself after seeing the DVD.  Masami is pleased for the gifts.

Masami:  "You're like my sister.  Thank you, sis."

Masami was given a surprise party, too, by the cast and crew of the now shooting TV drama 
after the recording of the day was over in the morning of her birthday.  She was very 
pleased and thanked the cast and crew.  And another surprise waited her in the party.

Masami:  "I thought that birthday was different from the previous ones because I was 
given a lot of bottles of liquor."
Erika:  "Me, too!  At my 20th birthday, I got a stock of bottles of liquor"
Masami:  "Yes, liquor, liquor, liquor, liquor..."
Erika:  "Like champagne."
Masami:  "I felt like I was going to do something guilty for the first time, but I became 
happy when I thought I could drink from then."

So, their talks continue.

And a tune is played:-
"Futarigoto" (literally "Talking to myself and you") by RADWIMPS

- When Masami is in a shooting, she listens to one kind of music related to the work's 
theme.  Erika listens to music and watches movies a lot but she choices ones not related 
to the work as much as possible.

- They both have wanted to co-star for a long time, and they want to do it now and in 
the future when they are in 30's or 40's.

- Masami likes her job as an actress because the people concerned with acting have a mind 
of a child.  She thinks that's very lucky because only few people can have such a chance 
to be an adult with children's mind.

- Masami spends her free time in going shopping to Shibuya, Daikan'yama, Harajuku, 
Aoyama, and others.

- Erika likes travel abroad because you are an ordinary person in a foreign land.  She 
thinks traveling is a chance to come into contact with others as human beings, and that 
is an investment in yourself to improve your inner self.  And so, she recommends Masami 
to travel abroad alone

Another tune is played here:-
"Prism" by SHIBASAKI Ko^

At the end of the program, Erika asks Masami to think what she recommends for a prize, 
because Erika is going to attend a party to celebrate the completion of filming and she 
must offer a prize for the party.  Masami recommends a home projector, and Erika answers 
she will select among electrical goods.

Satoshi  DATE: 8 Jun.(Fri) 18:47:53

A new singer who closely resembles SAWAJIRI Erika is to debut in the main stream on 
July 4.  Her name is ERIKA, too.  This is her website (in Japanese):

[ERIKA's profile]
Birthday:  April 8, 1986;  Age 21
Birthplace:  A suburb of Paris, France
Influenced musicians:  Led Zeppelin
To debut on July 4, 2007 with a CD single "FREE"

She plays her own signature model of Telecaster.

[The contents of the CD "FREE"]
1. FREE    A tough and wild rock tune with impressive guitar sounds
2. FANTASY    A world of sentimental lyrics based on pop dance sounds
3. Time to go home    A quick and heavy rock tune
4. FREE -instrumental-

Do you want to say ERIKA doesn't resemble SAWAJIRI Erika but they are the same person?  
Oh, stop being inelegant (^^

Satoshi  DATE: 7 Jun.(Th) 12:15:09

The radio station officially announces NAGASAWA Masami is to be on REAL ERIKA (in Japanese):

People concerned say it was the first time they were cast in a same program of any media 
and they had friendly talks about many topics including their private matters.  As they 
enjoyed the talk, the recording time took twice of the scheduled but it is to be aired 
within one week.

Satoshi  DATE: 5 Jun.(Tue) 12:34:59

NAGASAWA Masami will be probably on SAWAJIRI Erika's radio program this week.

Erika said at the end of last week's REAL ERIKA:-

"I'll announce about the next week here.  Tilted 'The first summit meeting in 
history', I, SAWAJIRI Erika, the president of the SAWAJIRI Society is to invite 
the president of THAT society to the meeting unparalleled in history.  Ladies and 
Gentlemen, it's a must.  Be sure not to miss, please."

This announce includes a joke on a net rumor.  The rumor says there are two huge 
groups organizing young actresses in Japan.  One is the Sawajiri Society led by 
SAWAJIRI Erika and the other is the Nagasawa Society led by NAGASAWA Masami.  The 
two groups are having heated struggles day after day to increase the power of each group.

Of course, it is just a rumor.  But it is true that NAGASAWA Masami and SAWAJIRI 
Erika are top two among Japanese young actresses with their brilliance, presence, 
popularity and media's attention.  If they really talk on a radio program, it's a 
must to listen for all movie and TV drama fans.

REAL ERIKA is aired by FMNACK5.  The airtime is 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. every Friday on 
79.5 MHz FM in Tokyo and the neighboring area.  Check it!

Satoshi  DATE: 30 May (Wed) 12:20:28

A free Japanese paperback on the movie "Tales from Earthsea" is to be on stores for 
distribution on Wednesday, June 6 (in Japanese):

The title of the paperback is "Gedo o Yomu." (literally means "Reading Ged." and the 
English title is simply "Tales from Earthsea").  It is edited by Iwanami Shoten and 
Studio Ghibli for marketing of the DVD "Tales from Earthsea" scheduled to be released 
on July 4.  The contents include a talk of Director MIYAZAKI Goro^ and an article 
"My favorite fantasy novels" by MIYAZAKI Hayao.  1,100,000 copies are printed and 
handed on free at stores in all over Japan.

The distributing stores are in the map (in Japanese):

Satoshi  DATE: 29 May (Tue) 17:53:06

Producer SUZUKI Toshio is to be on a TV program in Japan on Monday, June 4 (in Japanese):

The program is "Getsuyoru!" (literally means "Monday Night!") aired at 10:00 p.m. every 
Monday on the NTV channel.  A variety of aspects of Studio Ghibli are to be reported in 
the program.

Satoshi  DATE: 28 May (Mon) 13:30:49

The airing schedule of Castle in the Sky has officially announced (in Japanese):

The details are:

    Date & Channel:  Friday, June 15, NTV, Japan
    Time:  9:03 - 11:34 p.m.
    Program:  Kin'yo^ Ro^dosho^ (The Friday Road Show)
    Up-converted HD uncut version

Satoshi  DATE: 23 May (Wed) 08:47:27

Castle in the Sky is to air in Japan on Friday, June 15.  A weekly TV magazine reported.

Time & Channel:  9:03 - 11:34 p.m.,  NTV
Program:  Kin'yo^ Ro^dosho^ (The Friday Road Show)

Farther details will be reported here when they are announced.

Satoshi  DATE: 15 May (Tue) 15:48:22

Howl's Moving Castle won Nebula Award in the "Best Script" category:

Nebula Award is an award for the best science fiction/fantasy published in the United 
States during the previous two years.  It ranks with Hugo Award as an award in 
science fiction/fantasy fields.  Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Novel include 
"The Gods Themselves" by Isaac ASIMOV and "Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea" by 
Ursula K. Le GUIN.

The Nebula Award for Best Script, which Howl's Moving Castle is to receive, has also 
awarded the movies, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "The Sixth Sense" and all 
the trilogy of "The Lord of the Rings."

Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away have been also nominated in the same category.

"Third time lucky" is a popular saying in Japan (^^

Satoshi  DATE: 23 Apr.(Mon) 08:53:45

Porco Rosso is to air in Japan on Friday, May 25 (in Japanese):

The details are:

    Time & Channel:  9:03 - 10:54 p.m.,  NTV
    Program:  Kin'yo^ Ro^dosho^ (The Friday Road Show)
    English dub & sub:  unknown
    Others:  HD up-converted uncut version

Satoshi  DATE: 10 Apr.(Tue) 18:48:41

Fantastic Plastic Machine is to be on the radio program REAL ERIKA as the guest on 
April 20.  The single member of the DJ unit, TANAKA Tomoyuki has announced on his 
blog (in Japanese and containing a two shot of Erika and him):

[The full text]
Title: DJ SAWAJIRI Erika!
April 4, 2007

March 22.
I'm on a radio program "REAL ERIKA" of FM station NACK5 from Saitama in which SAWAJIRI 
Erika-chan is the personality.  (It'll air at 19:30 - 20:00 on April 20)  And the 
location is YELLOW in Nishi-Azabu and the story is I teach DJ to Erika-chan.  Because 
she has sometimes come to my party since she became 20 years old, she seems interested 
in DJ in earnest and gives me various questions very eagerly.  I hope more and more 
DJ's like Erika-chan activates club scenes.  I seriously wish she would act as a DJ.

The guest of April 6 was SAKAZAKI Ko^nosuke of The Alfee.  He is to be on the program 
on April 13, too.

REAL ERIKA airs 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. every Friday.  I mistook the time at the last 
posting.  I am very sorry m(_ _)m

Satoshi  DATE: 9 Apr.(Mon) 20:19:26

The details of DVD "Tales from Earthsea" has been announced (in Japanese):

This title has Standard Edition of 2 discs and Special Edition of 4 discs.  The 
release date is July 4, 2007.

[Standard Edition]
Price:   4,935 yen (including tax)
Catalogue #:    VWDZ8104
Format:    2 Discs, MPEG2/NTSC, Region 2
Audio:   Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 and Dolby Digital EX 6.1)
         English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles:  Japanese and English
Bonus:   Storyboards, trailers, and an illustrated guide to "The Song of Therru"

[Special Edition]
Price:    7,875 yen (including tax)
Catalogue #:   VWDZ8106
Format:    4 Discs, MPEG2/NTSC, Region 2
Audio:  [Disc 1]  Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS-ES 6.1)
        [Disk 2]  English, French, Korean, Standard Chinese and Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles:    [Disk 2]  English, French, Korean, Standard Chinese and Cantonese
Bonus:  [Disk 3]  Same as the Standard Edition
        [Disk 4]  An illustrated guide to the background music, special program 
                  "OKADA Jun'ichi Meets Tales from Earthsea", and recording scenes 
                  and interviews of the cast

Satoshi  DATE: 6 Apr.(Fri) 20:30:18

SAWAJIRI Erika stars in a feature film scheduled to be premiered in September 
in Japan (in Japanese):

The film is a love story titled "Kuro^zudo No^to" (literally means "The Closed 
Notebook" and directed by YUKISADA Isao, who is known as the director of Crying 
Out Love, In the Center of the World.  The co-star is TAKEUCHI Yu^ko, who stars in 
a movie Be With You.  Those films are ranked second and third at the box office 
among Japanese films released in 2004 (The top one is Howl's Moving Castle, by the way).

The original story is written by SHIZUKUI Shu^suke.  First, it was a cellphone novel 
which recorded a million accesses, and later appeared in print.  This is the 
publisher's web page (in Japanese):

The heroine (Erika) is an ordinary college student.  Her daily life is going well in 
its own way but she feels something is missing.  One day she finds a notebook at a 
corner of the closet in her room.  The notebook is a diary which the ex-resident 
(TAKEUCHI Yu^ko) has written down distress and pleasure of her love.  A woman's 
ordinary daily life begins changing completely when a closed notebook is opened.

Satoshi  DATE: 5 Apr.(Th) 19:09:32

The sequel of One Liter of Tears is to air tonight!

Peter  DATE: 23 Mar.(Fri) 06:00:34

Hello Satoshi,

I was wondering if you could send me a short e-mail. It's just something I'd like to ask you, but I can't find your e-mail address, so if you send me message I can just reply to it. You can reach me at:
"info @ ghibliworld.com"

Looking forward to your reply!

Best regards,


P.S.: nice website! ^_^

Satoshi  DATE: 22 Mar.(Th) 19:33:47

A popular Japanese actress and artist  SHIBASAKI Ko^ is scheduled to be on the radio 
program REAL ERIKA tomorrow evening as the guest, an entertainment information 
magazine reports.

Although SAWAJIRI Erika's career parallels Shibasaki's in some respects and someone 
calls Erika "the younger Shibasaki", they have not met yet, the magazine says.  
Tomorrow's REAL ERIKA is a must for SHIBASAKI Ko^'s fans, too.

REAL ERIKA airs at 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Fridays on the band of 79.5 MHz FM by NACK5 
and the networked stations.

Satoshi  DATE: 22 Mar.(Th) 00:01:26

Our starter "Ponyo" page has been set up (in Japanese and English):

Click the "Bulletin Board for English" on the page if you like to try (^^

Satoshi  DATE: 21 Mar.(Wed) 09:03:41

Nausicaa.net reports the TV program featuring MIYAZAKI Hayao with the portal to the 
official website and translation by T. Ishikawa:

The program is to air at 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in NHK General channel.

Satoshi  DATE: 20 Mar.(Tue) 15:57:01

The title of the next Miyazaki feature film is "Ponyo on the Cliff Top":

The announce is a week earlier than I expected (^^;

Any way, we have another happy and irritated period for looking forward to see 
Miyazaki's new creation until the summer of next year.  Let's take it easy and wait!

Satoshi  DATE: 17 Mar.(Sat) 08:59:36

The trailer of the March 27 NHK program featuring MIYAZAKI Hayao has aired and 
Nausicaa.net reports the details:

According to the article, you can see some visuals for the next Miyazaki film.

And it may happen that the film's title is announced in the program.  Check it!

Satoshi  DATE: 12 Mar.(Mon) 09:05:44

The official site of Studio Ghibli has reported that a TV program featuring MIYAZAKI 
Hayao is to air in Japan on Tuesday, March 27 (in Japanese):

The channel is NHK General.  The site is going to report the further details.

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