©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Fashion Press]

As far as animated food goes, Studio Ghibli’s looks delicious. Now at the Ghibli Museum, there is an official exhibition depicting recreations of the studio’s eats.

The exhibit is called “Delicious! Animating Memorable Meals” in English (in Japanese, it’s “Taberu wo Kaku” or 食べるを描く, which is “Drawing Eating”). It began this weekend and runs until sometime in May 2018.

©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Fashion Press]

The exhibit doesn’t only feature food recreations, but shows how the meals were designed as well as how characters eat. From the museum’s official site:

Food that is still warm, that looks soft and tender, with the wonderful flavor showing on the faces of those eating them - these scenes of meals are appealing and charming. No dialogue is needed to convey deliciousness and happiness.

This exhibition introduces how food can be drawn to appear even more delectable than the real thing, creating scenes of joy.

Via Cinema Cafe and Natalie, just look at how carefully this food was plotted.

©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Cinema Cafe]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Natalie]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Cinema Cafe]

And via Fashion Press and Crank In, here is how characters eat and drink.

©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Fashion Press]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Fashion Press]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Crank In]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Crank In]

For example, there’s so much variety in how characters hold chopsticks—whether that’s correctly or incorrectly.

©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Cinema Cafe]

These are all plastic food recreations, but they still look good! (Photos are from Crank In, Natalie, Fashion Press and Gunosy.)

©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Crank In]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Gunosy]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Gunosy]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Crank In]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Natalie]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Natalie]

From Yahoo! Japan, here’s a close up.

©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Yahoo! Japan]

Not only does the exhibit feature food, but it has recreations of the kitchens in which they’re made. (Photos are from Crank In, Natalie, Fashion Press and Gunosy.)

©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Fashion Press]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Natalie]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Gunosy]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Crank In]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Fashion Press]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Crank In]

Checking out an exhibit like this will no doubt case folks to work up an appetite. You’ll definitely want to order some food in the Ghibli Museum restaurant.

©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Fashion Press]
©Museo d’Arte Ghibli ©Studio Ghibli [Image: Fashion Press]

You can see many more photos on Crank In, Natalie, Cinema CafeFashion Press and Gunosy. Have a look!


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