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Hayao Miyazaki to Open Nature Sanctuary for Children

Hayao Miyazaki, the creator of legendary anime classics such as Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky, has announced plans to begin work on a nature sanctuary on a remote island in Japan aimed for children.

Most of Miyazaki’s works are aimed to explore childhood, nature, and imagination. He’s previously expressed worries that Japanese children were becoming more and more influenced by consumerism, and has lost their touch with nature. According to Kydo News, the facility is to inspire children to appreciate the natural world, and build a closer bound with it.

The anime director has said before that, “Utopia only exists in one’s childhood life.”

The project is being funded by Miyazaki, and is likely to spend about 300 million yen (2.5 million U.S. dollars) in construction. It is projected to finish on Kume Island in 2018.


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