On May 18, representatives from Studio Ghibli tweeted of their positive experience at an unofficial Studio Ghibli cafe located in the Osu neighborhood of Nagoya, Japan.
Inspired by the tiny forest spirits with rattling heads from the Ghibli film “Princess Mononoke,” the cafe named Kodama features a full menu and interior design filled with Ghibli film references and memorabilia.
The interior of Kodama is widely adorned with various Ghibli-inspired decorations. Before walking into the cafe, visitors can see soot sprites from “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away” on the glass windows.
When walking into the cafe, visitors are greeted by a plush doll of Jiji followed by an interior filled with items such as Kodama plush toys sitting on vines adorning the cafe’s ceiling, numerous character figurines from Ghibli films such as “Ponyo” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” and a countless number of plush dolls.
The cafe also features a Ghibli-inspired menu including Calcifer’s bacon and egg breakfast from “Howl’s Moving Castle” and a chocolate “soil and plant” dessert inspired by the magical gardening scene from “My Neighbor Totoro.”
Representatives from the official Ghibli studio visited the cafe on May 18 along with the upcoming Ghibli Park’s designer and planner, Goro Miyazaki, who is also Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki’s son. The official Twitter page of Studio Ghibli posted several photos of their visit to Kodama, including a special “Spirited Away” Haku drink ordered by Goro.
The representatives also noticed the cafe’s “force-fed jerky,” inspired by the tough, dried meat shown in “Princess Mononoke” when San feeds it to a weak Ashitaka.