Why Studio Ghibli's Anime Food Always Looks So Delicious

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Watching Studio Ghibli movies can make you hungry. The food always looks so darn good. But why? There has to be a reason for this, and producer Toshio Suzuki has it.

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Recently on Twitter, Studio Ghibli’s official account fielded an array of questions, with Suzuki answering. One person asked the following: “Why is it that the food that appears in Studio Ghibli movies always looks so delicious?”

“It’s because it’s all food that Miyazaki himself has actually made,” Suzuki replied.

Since Miyazaki is animating his movies, it seems he has a keen interest in making the food he cooks, and probably loves, look as delicious as possible. I guess this means Miyazaki is a good cook?

Delicious meals, while a hallmark of the studio, are more than pretty pictures. They express feelings. Back in 2017, the Ghibli Museum held an exhibition celebrating the food in its movies, with the official site writing, “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.”

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Aaaaaaaand now I’m wanting that bacon from Howl’s Moving Castle.