Michiyo Yasuda, former head of colouration at legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, has passed away at the age of 77.
Responsible for the palette and mood of nearly four decades of award-winning feature-films and shorts, Yasuda had been working with studio heads Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata since her youth, first as a rank-and-file colourist at Toei Animation, then joining the pair at their start-up, where she stayed until her retirement in 2009, after final film Ponyo.
The highlight of new exhibition at Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View (52 storeys up) celebrating30 years of the great Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle) featuring, among other things, models of the elaborate flying machines that featured in many of Ghibli’s animated films.
Centrestage is an illuminated, automated model of the airship from Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky (1986). Elsewhere there are posters, collectibles, tribute art and a restaurant serving 11 dishes inspired by the films.