The Forest for the Trees, the Kids, the Kitsune…

Spent my lunch break over at the Cartoon Art Museum, checking out the works auctioned off to support the Totoro no Furusato National Fund. Hayao Miyazaki, the genius behind a long line of fantastic feature length anime like Porco Rosso, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away (and a personal idol of mine) started the fund in an attempt to save a dwindling urban forest near Tokyo. The works on display capture that interplay between the city and green spaces that seems to so fire the imagination of both children and adults. You can browse all the pieces put up for auction, including those not on display at the exhibit, over on the Fund’s website. For now, here’s a little preview: detail from Katsuya Terada’s My Forest Monster which is on view at the gallery.


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