Director Hayao Miyazaki recently visited the Ghibli Museum and, during his visit, redesigned the museum cafe’s menu board for its reopening.

Director Hayao Miyazaki recently decided to visit the Ghibli Museum’s restaurant before its reopening and was inspired to redo its cafe’s sign after staff joked about its hot-dog awning.

Miyazaki, as thoughtful as ever, decided to sit down in the cafe’s outside dining area and create an alternative version of the cafe’s awning to share with the staff — and the entourage of fans that followed him onsite, as reported by

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Miyazaki took out a fountain pen — seemingly out of nowhere — and redesigned the awning on the spot, sketching ghoul figures akin to his prior work in Studio Ghibli‘s Spirited Away. The image drawn by him is as playfully spooky as ever and is seen below, courtesy of the Ghibli Museum’s YouTube page. The museum happily posted Miyazaki’s lunch visit to their site as the director/creator isn’t one to frequently appear in public.

It’s worth noting that Miyazaki’s sketch was a quick sketch for a redesign that he felt better resembled the feel of his work and Studio Ghibli as a whole but is not a finished product.

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Ghibli Museum shut down earlier this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Recently, the museum underwent renovations to make the museum safer overall for patrons. The museum and its cafe plan to reopen in the near future. In the interim of an announced date, fans of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro to Ponyo are able to rejoice in a virtual tour online. Below is a video provided by the museum that shows you a short virtual tour of the museum’s central hall, known as, The Wind Whistles and the Light Shines Through.

Ghibli Museum is located in Mitaka’s Inokashira Park, and is described by its website as “a museum that is interesting and which relaxes the soul.” Currently, tickets to the museum are through advanced purchase via the museum’s website. The museum aimed to bring the feeling and design of a children’s museum, a technology museum and a fine arts museum altogether as a holistic experience for those who visit.

Miyazaki directed and wrote many of Studio Ghibli’s films, including (but not limited to) Kiki’s Delivery ServiceCastle in the SkyMy Neighbor TotoroSpirited AwayHowl’s Moving CastlePrincess MononokePonyo and The Wind Rises. 

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