Totoro and Kiki are ready to help deliver your letters.
Legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki is widely known to be a bit of a luddite. As such, if you ever need to contact him, he’s probably the type who would greatly appreciate the time and effort it takes to write and mail a letter, as opposed to just slapping some keys and banging out an email.
And if you are going to mail Miyazaki missives, what better way to send them on their way than with Ghibli postage stamps?
Coinciding with the opening of the highly anticipated, recently discounted Ghibli art exhibit at Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills, Japan Post Holdings is releasing a commemorative set of postage stamps featuring art from all 22 Ghibli films, starting with regularly grandfathered-in Topcraft-animated Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and stretching all the way to the upcoming European co-production The Red Turtle.
▼ Ocean Waves, the made-for-TV black sheep of the Ghibli family, didn’t make the cut, although theatrical-feature black sheep Tales from Earthsea is still represented.
While the 22 82-yen stamps only have a collective postal value of 1,804 yen, the set commands a bit of a premium, selling for 2,900 yen. Then again, it’s unlikely anyone who buys this gorgeously illustrated collection is ever going to use any of its component stamps anyway, so the price discrepancy is kind of a moot point.
The Ghibli stamp set goes on sale July 7 at select post offices in Japan, and can also be available for domestic order through the Japan Post online shop. Best of all, it’ll also be offered at the gift shop attached to the Roppongi Hills Ghibli exhibition, meaning that after looking at all the beautiful artwork on display, you’ll be able to take some home with you too.
Ghibli Exhibition ~ From Nausicaa to their newest work, The Red Turtle ~ / ジブリの大博覧会 ～ナウシカから最新作「レッドタートル」まで～
Location: Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View Observation Deck Sky Gallery
Address: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52nd floor
Hours: 10 a.m.–10 p.m. (entry until 9:30 p.m.)
Dates: July 7 – September 11
Admission: 1,800 yen (US$17)
Source, images: Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View press release
Ocean Waves could use more love, as could Casey on Twitter.