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Japanese Crossword 32

Japanese animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki recently received a lifetime achievement Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards. He is the second Japanese filmmaker (after Akira Kurosawa) to receive the award. In honor of Miyazaki, the March crossword features words related to his works.



2. Based on Miyazaki’s own manga series, the 1984 film, ___ no Tani no Naushika (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) touches on environmental issues
4. The Ghibli Museum, located in ____ City in Tokyo, showcases the works of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki’s animation studio
8. Set in the area around the Adriatic Sea after World War I, the 1992 film _____ no Buta (Porco Rosso, literally “Crimson Pig”) centers on an Italian former flying ace
9. ____ nashi (No-Face) is a yokai (ghost) character in Spirited Away (2001), Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning animated feature film

1. The two sister protagonists in the 1988 film Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) are ____ and Mei, both names that mean “May”
2. The original Japanese title of Spirited Away is Sen to Chihiro no ___kakushi
3. Based on a children’s book, “___ no Takkyubin (Kiki’s Delivery Service)” (1989) depicts a coming of age story of a young witch
5. __oshio _uzuki is a Studio Ghibli producer who, along with his longtime colleague Miyazaki has helped Japanese animation flourish
6. ____ Basu (kitten bus or cat bus) is a strange creature/bus in Tonari no Totoro
7. The Japanese title of Ponyo (2008) is ___ no Ue no Ponyo (literally “Ponyo over the Cliff”)