Many businesses and destinations have been affected by the ongoing pandemic, and Studio Ghibli’s Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo is no exception.
Under normal circumstances, the museum enjoys a healthy number of visitors not only from all over Japan but overseas as well. However, due to a decline in domestic and foreign tourism caused by lockdowns and travel restrictions, its visitor numbers have dropped significantly from what they used to be. Moreover, having to pay operating costs and repairs is unfortunately still inevitable even when footfall decreases.
While the donation campaign had originally began back in July, only residents in Japan were eligible to donate to the museum. This week, however, Studio Ghibli sent out a message through its official account on the LINE messaging & social networking app that the museum is now accepting donations from overseas fans too!
By contributing an amount equal to 5,000 yen (US$43.50) or more, you will receive a thank-you postcard illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki himself as a token of appreciation, depicting one of the robots from Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
You can check out how the post card looks like below:
何卒よろしくお願い申し上げます。https://t.co/MSY9l1ox24 https://t.co/9Jx9o6Mzlr pic.twitter.com/sDlbEwXA97
— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) September 1, 2021
As of writing, overseas donations for the museum can be accepted from Ghibli supporters in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Singapore. More details on the campaign can be found on the official website here (you can scroll down for English explanations).
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