Atsuta Light Tony McNicol is a photojournalist based in Tokyo who has a great blog which covers his experiences both as a photographer and in Japan generally and, of course, always has great photos! Recently Tony did a piece on Miyazaki Hayao, one of my favourite directors, and he was given permission to take some photos inside the Ghibli Museum. I haven’t made it there yet but it looks like the most warm and inviting museum I’ve ever seen!

From Tony’s post, I clicked on the link to the official Ghibli Museum site and was presented with Miyazaki Hayao’s philosophy for building the museum. Most of it was positive and about what he wanted the museum to be and certainly each was a reason to visit. The last paragraph, though, was a list of what he did not want the museum to be like and it struck me that it was something that every film director should have framed on a wall, or tattooed somewhere on their person where they can read it daily – except replace the word “museum” with “film”!

This is the kind of museum I don’t want to make!
A pretentious museum
An arrogant museum
A museum that treats its contents as if they were more important than people
A museum that displays uninteresting works as if they were significant”


– Miyazaki Hayao “A few words from Executive Director Miyazai Hayao” on the Ghibli Museum website.

There are probably any number of words which could replace “museum” here to create an excellent philosophy to live by!