A week or two ago, I was hosting a friend in Japan. It was her second time in Kyoto, so we decided to branch out on adventure.
“Where do you want to go? What do you want to see?” I asked her.
“Well, going to the Ghibli Museum would be nice,” she said.
We checked the website, but as we were looking a mere month in advance, all of the possible days we could go were fully booked.
“Where else do you want to go? What else do you want to see?” I asked her.
“Well, since that’s a wash, maybe going somewhere related to a Ghibli film would be nice. Like the moss woods from Princess Mononoke.”
We checked, but we couldn’t justify taking a flight all the way out to a small island in Kyushu just to see one forest.
“Anywhere else you want to go? Anything else you want to see?” I asked her.
“Well, is there anything Ghibli related we could do on short notice?”
We checked, and struck gold in the form of Mei and Satsuki’s House–famous from the movie My Neighbor Totoro–in Aichi, Japan.