We may not be able to travel the world right now, but we can still explore new ones.

The year 2020 has brought some very bizarre things that make us believe we could actually be trapped living in a sci-fi world. But among these unexpected turns, a bit of magic has shed its light upon us all, straight from Japan. Hayao Miyazaki’s fantastical universes are now open to the public with virtual tours of the Studio Ghibli Museum.

Who hasn’t fallen in love with a Ghibli movie? Their fairytale-like universes, heart-warming stories, and brave, loveable characters invade us with nostalgia and make us wish we were going through all of the characters’ adventures ourselves. Those who are familiar with Studio Ghibli might know that the animation studio has always been quite reserved, especially when it comes to its museum located in Tokyo.

Its famous “no photos or videos allowed inside” policy made it impossible to get a sneak peek of what the museum looks like inside, which has only made fans even more desperate to get a chance to visit the museum. And it’s tough to get your hands on a ticket —they’re typically sold out instantly and must be reserved on the official website three months in advance for a specific date and time (and once you’re at the museum, the ticket is exchanged for a small piece of real 35mm film used in cinemas).

But life is good, so thanks to the internet we can now dive into the Ghibli museum virtually! On its official YouTube page, the Studio Ghibli museum has uploaded five videos showing different parts of the museum and everything that can be found in every one of them. The first one shows a beautiful painted ceiling with plants, fruits, and different characters from My Neighbor TotoroNausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

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Video number two shows a room called “Where a Film is Born”, which belongs to a boy who wishes to develop an idea to create his own movie. It’s full of objects that spark creativity, and according to the description on the video, the room as a whole “provides lots of inspiration for what will go on the blank piece of paper on the desk to become the origin of an actual film”.

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The rest of the videos show us the beautiful stained-glass windows we can find (decorated of course, with scenes from all the different Ghibli movies), the simple cafeteria that truly makes you feel as if you were living in a Ghibli world and other details that will make any fan daydream about visiting the museum once its doors open again. 

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The Studio Ghibli museum has surely brought a little happiness to our homes, giving us something to look forward to (and something to save for!) once our world goes back to normal. Meanwhile, making magic is up to us—with a little Ghibli inspiration.

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