Anime tourism: discursive construction and reception of the Studio Ghibli Art Museum

Denison, Rayna (2010) Anime tourism: discursive construction and reception of the Studio Ghibli Art Museum. Japan Forum, 22 (3-4). pp. 545-563. ISSN 0955-5803

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Anime tourism has been an important phenomenon within Japanese culture for the past decade. The signs of this global tourism can be read in the growing number of museums and theme parks in Japan dedicated to the history, and contemporary global success, of anime culture. However, the reputed aims and forms of these entertainment venues varies wildly, with some anime companies choosing to venerate animators, as with the Osamu Tezuka Museums in Kyoto and Takarazuka, while, alternatively, others are adopting theme park aesthetics, as with Sanrio Puroland. A common denominator among these anime venues is, however, an attempt extend the life and value of their products. The article argues that the Studio Ghibli Art Museum is an attempt to rebrand their hit films as ‘art’ products, but that the responses of the museum's international users display a tendency to perform a resistant tourist and consumerist gaze within the museum space. This article is an attempt to delve into the complex relationship between anime producers and global consumers, viewing the museum space as one in which the cultural meanings of anime are put to the test.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anime,tourism,studio ghibli,hayao miyazaki
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 15:22
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:35
DOI: 10.1080/09555803.2010.533475

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