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Forget swiping: Why a Japanese city is encouraging strangers to exchange handwritten love letters

  • A matchmaking service created in Miyazaki, Japan, two years ago is encouraging single men and women to send each other love letters.
  • The program has reportedly resulted in 17 couples and 32 face-to-face dates.
  • More than 450 people signed up for the matchmaking service where applicants are paired based on personal information such as taste in films and books.
  • The program was created as a way of battling Japan’s low birth rate and declining population.

The city of Miyazaki, Japan, is encouraging single individuals to send each other love letters through a matchmaking program created two years ago. 

Known as Miyazaki Koibumi, the letter-writing campaign was originally launched in 2020. Applicants looking for matches are paired based on personal information and preferences such as taste in films and books. As a way of encouraging applicants to base their decisions on personality rather than looks, profile photos are not allowed.

Mind-blowing theory will change the way you watch ‘Spirited Away’ forever

spirited away theory
  • Toshio Okada, an anime producer, author and lecturer, shared a “Spirited Away” theory that suggests main protagonists Haku and Chihiro are siblings.
  • Okada provided arguments detailing how Haku could actually be Chihiro’s older brother who drowned in the river trying to save his younger sister in the past.

Anime producer and author Toshio Okada shared his theory regarding the real relationship between protagonists Haku and Chihiro in the classic 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film “Spirited Away.”

Okada, a co-founder and former president of the production company Gainax, believes Haku to be Chihiro’s older brother who died while saving her from drowning in the Kohaku river. 

Hayao Miyazaki’s 81st birthday celebrated by Nickelodeon with Nicktoons x Studio Ghibli mashup

  • Hayao Miyazaki, the celebrated co-founder of Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, turned 81 on Jan. 5.
  • Fans of the animator/director/writer sent birthday wishes on social media, including Nickelodeon Animation, which paid tribute to his work through an original cartoon.

Hayao Miyazaki, the internationally acclaimed animator-director behind Studio Ghibli, celebrated his 81st birthday on January 5 amidst tributes to his work on social media.

Tributes to the legendary director could be found on social media under the hashtag #HayaoMiyazaki. Nickelodeon Animation posted an “ode” in the form of a cartoon integrating Studio Ghibli’s signature style and references with some of Nickelodeon’s own characters. 

Hayao Miyazaki is unretiring (again) to make one last Studio Ghibli film just because ‘he wants to’

Hayao Miyazaki emerges from retirement

Studio Ghibli co-founder, director and animator Hayao Miyazaki is reportedly coming out of retirement again to create one last feature-length film.

What it’s about: Miyazaki, who announced his retirement in 2018 — the latest of several cycles of retiring and returning — talked about the movie in a recent interview with The New York Times. He said it is based on “How Do You Live?”, a 1937 novel by Genzaburo Yoshino.

China Finally Gets Official Screening of ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ After 30 Years

My Neighbor Totoro

After 30 years, Japanese anime fans in China will finally be able to watch classic masterpiece, “My Neighbor Totoro,” made by Studio Ghibli and its legendary director, Hayao Miyazaki.

“My Neighbor Totoro,” which was first released in theaters in 1988, recently took the Chinese box office by storm finishing second place right after the James Wan-directed live-action DC movie “Aquaman.”