We could sit here and talk for ten years about how amazing the worlds are in Hayao Miyazaki films, dreaming about turning them into theme parks, and just generally loving the stories he brought us over the years. But for all of of the time we've all spent watching Studio Ghibli films and pretending we could spend time in the world of movies like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, wouldn't it be nice to actually have a piece of those places at home with you? Thanks to a Japanese papercrafting company, you can have a part of the Miyazaki world right in your own home. Sort of, anyway.
As our friends at Rocketnews 24 report, thanks to the paper crafting company in Japan called Sankei that brought you the Cat Bus paper crafting kit, you can create a miniature version the village from Spirited Away. If you've never seen any of the amazing miniatures that a Sankei paper crafting kit produces, don't for a second think you're in for a low quality result. You can expect an incredibly detailed village once your project is all said and done, and even better, it's not going to make you want to poke your eyes out in the process. While there are several small pasrts to take care of like the details both outside and inside Chihiro's parents' food stall, you don't need to be a paper crafting master to make the village successfully. Each of the pieces is laser cut on paperboard, so you only need to glue the pieces together. That's right, no awkward attempts at folding and cutting paper--just grab some adhesive to stick it all together.
In even better news, this sucker isn't going to totally clean your bank account out. It runs for about 45 American dollars. That is without tax and shipping, but they will ship overseas, so you don't have to live in Japan to get your hands on one of these. You can grab yourself a kit at Amazon Japan.
Have you ever tried paper crafting before? What tips do you have for assembling a paper crafting kit? What other things from Miyazaki films would you like Sankei to create a miniature for? Let me know in the comments.
Image credit: Sankei/Amazon Japan