totoro09 totoro09

Miyazaki in San Francisco July 25th

Hayao Miyazaki will appear in person, accept a prize and participate in a Q & A on July 25th in Berkeley California. Miyazaki so rarely travels to the US, and even less so to make public appearances, we urge you to reserve your tickets NOW!

The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley will award Miyazaki with the 2009 Berkeley Japan Prize, for a lifetime of influencing the world’s understanding of Japan. On July 12th, 14th, 19th, and 21st, the Pacific film Archive will host a A Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki. All films will be shown in the original Japanese 35mm prints with English subtitles.

Sunday, July 12, 4:00 PM – My Neighbor Totoro

Tuesday July 14, 7:00 PM – Porco Rosso

Sunday July 19, 2:30 PM – Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Tuesday July 21, 7:00 PM – Princess Mononoke

The Center for Japanese Studies, in conjunction with the Pacific Film Archive, is pleased to present the Northern California premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, Ponyo, to be screened at Wheeler Hall on Friday, July 24, 2009 at 6pm and 8pm. For tickets to this limited-seating engagement, please visit the UC Berkeley website

On Saturday, July 25, 2009, leading scholars of Japanese popular culture, literature, and film will discuss Hayao Miyazaki’s work and his international influence in a roundtable panel discussion, The Hayao Miyazaki Symposium. This will take place at 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor conference room from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. It’s Free and open to the public.

Later that day, from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM in Zellerbach Auditorium, Hayao Miyazaki in Conversation. Miyazaki will be interviewed on stage, followed by a question and answer period with the audience. For tickets to this limited-seating engagement ($25.), please visit Zellerbach Hall website.

  • George

    GAH! 20 minutes away from home, and I’ll be at San Diego Comic Con! What an awful opportunity to miss! Thanks for the heads up none-the-less Jerry.

  • Wow, my wife and I have been dying to take a vacation to California (neither of us have been) and attend some animation-related events. This is darn tempting.

    How’s the cartoon art museum in San Fransisco?

  • I’m even closer to the PFA than George, I’ll have to miss the Comic-Con. I’ve always wanted to meet Miyazaki. I hope I can get his autograph (see my autograph page on my website). Pixar is close to Berkeley, is one of the Pixar directors going to be conducting the interview?

    If you make a special trip to the bay area you can’t pass up the Cartoon Art Museum. They have an excellent collection of animation art, including Winsor McCay drawings from Gertie and Sinking of the Lusitania.

  • Thanks Steve,

    I’m thinking about doing it, to see Miyzaki and loiter at the Pixar gates. The Cartoon Art Museum sounds awesome too.

  • I’m so excited! And it’s true, the tickets are selling like hot cakes. The seat I initially wanted was purchased before I could go to check out. Wowzers. Fortunately, I was still able to get one of the four seats in that section before they were all gone. Woo hoo!

  • Well, just bought tickets, I guess we’re making a trip to California this summer!

    Wish I would have done it earlier in the day, I had to settle for Balcony seats.

    Would it be expected to see some Pixar people make appearances at this event?

  • Dear Mr. Miyazaki,

    Please come to Chicago. And if you take me back to Ghibli, I will forever be your animation slave.

    K Thnx.


  • Amanda Keating

    This is the most amazing event. I would not miss this for anything!