Japan’s Studio Ghibli Museum, which has been struggling financially attributable to COVID-19, has launched a crowdfunding marketing campaign to overwhelming success.
The town of Mitaka, the place the Ghibli Museum is situated, launched a crowdfunding drive final Friday (July 16) requesting donations of at the least 5,000 yen (roughly GBP33).
Inside the first 24 hours, the crowdfunding marketing campaign met its objective of 10million yen, in keeping with an Anime News Network report. At time of writing, the museum has collected over 23million yen via the crowdfunding effort, round 238 per cent of the goal sum.
Over 3,000 people have donated, and there are nonetheless 195 days left within the crowdfunding drive, which can conclude on January 21, 2022.
Hayao Miyazaki – Credit score: Getty
Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ghibli Museum needed to shut its doorways in February 2020, solely lastly reopening in a decreased capability in July 2020. Earlier this yr, the museum was pressured to shut once more from April 25 to early June after Japan entered one other state of emergency.
The decline in income has prompted the Ghibli Museum to function within the purple, main the museum to withdraw from its reserve fund for large-scale repairs – a fund that the museum has pooled over the course of 20 years.
Although the crowdfunding drive has greater than doubled its goal, the Ghibli Museum will proceed to gather donations. The museum has expressed its gratitude to all those that donated on its official Twitter web page.
— 三鷹の森ジブリ美術館 (@GhibliML) July 16, 2021
The Ghibli Museum showcases works from the long-lasting Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, greatest identified for traditional animated movies similar to Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and Howl’s Transferring Fortress. The museum was designed by Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, and is impressed by his personal storyboards for his movies.
Based in 2001, the Ghibli Museum is operated and managed by the Tokuma Memorial Cultural Basis for Animation, which was established by Studio Ghibli and the town of Mitaka. Miyazaki is the museum’s government director.
Studio Ghibli can also be planning to open its own theme park in autumn 2022, which shall be situated on the Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute Metropolis, Aichi Prefecture in Japan.
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