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If the rules of Desert Island Discs were changed to allow a DVD player and just one DVD to take to the island, then in my case that one DVD might be "Kiki's Delivery Service", by the Japanese master of animation Hayao Miyazaki.

If you have seen it then you may remember the beautiful painting that Kiki's friend Ursula is working on in her cabin in the woods. The painting, called "Ship Flying Over the Rainbow", was actually the work of students of Hachinohe City Minato Junior High School Handicapped Children's Class, and what you see in the animation is a still photo of the painting by Junichi Ochiai.

I haven't been able to find a copy of this painting online, so I took these screenshots from my copy of the DVD:






One reason that I like "Kiki" so much is the beautiful landscape and town that Miyazaki (a person with great respect for the environment) conjures up. I would love to live in that bakery by the sea.

I have always wondered what blend of real places contributed to Miyazaki's vision, and recently discovered the answer here (along with many other interesting facts about the movie).


If you like this...


[Joe Hisaishi plays his piano music from "Spirited Away"]
[Japanese animation at its finest: the master-works of Hayao Miyazaki]


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