Studio Ghibli anime food dishes are perfectly recreated by a Japanese restaurant chain

A sumptuous meal cooked in a living pot
A sumptuous meal cooked in a living pot. Pic credit: Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is one of the most well-known animation studios, and the studio hardly requires an introduction. The studio has produced some of the finest animated films in history, and director Hayao Miyazaki is continuously working on new projects.

Others have been busy adapting its enchanting films for a fresh experience while he doodles away in his workshop. And now, a Japanese restaurant chain has begun reproducing dishes from the Studio Ghibli anime world.

The restaurant chain recreating studio Ghibli dishes

According to SoraNews24, an izakaya business named Donan Norin Suisanbu in the Aichi Prefecture is reproducing renowned dishes from various studio Ghibli anime films, ranging from The Wind Rises to the timeless classic My Neighbor Totoro. The Ghibli Food Recreation menu will be available on October 11, 2022.

With the theme park and now the special menu from Donan Norin Suisanbu, the prefecture is on its way to becoming a popular destination for locals and tourists. Fans can get a bite to eat at any of the Nagoya outlets before or after visiting the amusement park.

Check out the restaurant’s special menu below:

Donan Norin Suisanbu studio Ghibli dish menu.
Donan Norin Suisanbu studio Ghibli dish menu. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

Below is a live image of the dishes inspired by the studio Ghibli universe.

The various studio Ghibli inspired dishes on display.
The various studio Ghibli-inspired dishes are on display. Pic credit: Donan Norin Suisanbu

Dine without fear of transforming into a pig

There are nine Ghibli-themed foods available for consumption. Fans can sample the Siberia cake from The Wind Rises and the weird dish Chihiro’s parents eat at the restaurant that transforms them into pigs in Spirited Away. The izakaya’s rendition includes a combination of bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms, and mincemeat. Both dishes are 490 yen each.

Ponyo’s favorite dish, ramen with two large slabs of ham and half a boiled egg, is available at the restaurant. Shitaka’s ojiya, popularly known as rice gruel, from Princess Mononoke is provided in a small tureen. At the same time, Satsuki’s basic yet incredible bento boxed lunch from My Neighbor Totoro is available for sampling. Each of the three dishes costs 690 yen.

The legendary Howl’s Moving Castle Calcifer’s skillet filled with two fried eggs and two sizzling glistening slices of bacon costs 790 yen. While not technically produced by Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki co-wrote and directed Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro, which has a similar Ghibli aesthetic. Lupin’s meatball spaghetti meal is also included at 990 yen. The pumpkin herring pie from Kiki’s Delivery Service is the most expensive, at 1,490 yen.

The Studio Ghibli amusement park

The Studio Ghibli theme park, built as a homage to the studio’s artists, including Miyazaki, brings several of the studio’s iconic works to life. Also, the park was designed to be eco-friendly to minimize the impact on the natural environment. The park will be launched in stages, with the first featuring Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, Whisper of the Heart’s Earth Shop, a reproduction of the sisters’ house from My Neighbor Totoro, and the Dondoko Forest.

Also, the first phase of the Studio Ghibli theme park will open on November 1 in the Aichi Prefecture.

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