Former Studio Ghibli animator and director, Hayao Miyazaki, will be transferring his talents for creating magical realms to the real world with a children’s nature park, according to The Telegraph.
The park, which will be built in a forest on Kume Island in the Okinawa Prefecture, will be an interactive site where kids can immerse themselves in nature by utilizing the five senses.
The 74-year-old retiree will provide the 300 million yen needed for his nature park himself and will be donating the park to Kumejima upon completion.
During construction, Miyazaki intends to use local construction materials and will consider any input from the citizens of Kumejima.
Along with the donation of the nature park to Kumejima, Miyazaki has also given back to the Japanese community by supporting a program to help children affected by the Fukushima nuclear explosion of 2011.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker is known for creating lush animated landscapes, like in Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Sky. He is also known for stressing the importance of nature and valuing the beauty of it in films such as Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro.
His films have been popular with kids and adults the world over, and even though no word has been given yet if adults will be allowed in the nature retreat, Miyazaki fans can get their fill by paying a visit to the Studio Ghibli Museum.
Here, fans can find a life-size version of Totoro and a kid-sized version of the Catbus. This year the museum will be holding a special exhibition of The Haunted Tower, whose story was featured in Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro.
Construction on the Miyazaki nature retreat is set to begin in April 2016 and should be completed by 2018.