Plant Life & Architectural Differences Entering//Leaving the Spirit World
you know what freaks me out? why is the architecture different??? it makes sense for plants to grow in and the little statue to get worn down over time….but why would the building change like that (from no bricks to bricks)?
This is something that slips past the Western viewers- it looks like it’s reaching out for Chihiro, in a malicious way, to the Western viewers. It’s what I thought growing up.
However, now, that I know that it’s a way of signalling for someone to ‘Come here!’ in Japan, the scene takes on a whole new meaning.
That spirit knows that if Chihiro doesn’t eat the food, she will disappear. And it knows if it offers the food, she cannot be cursed as a gluttonous pig because it wouldn’t have been stolen.
Just a unique take when you have all of the context.
And also, the red lanterns spell out ‘おいで’ which translates to “Come here” or “Come in” :)
imagine actually making this scene. i bet the director said to the writers “ok. i want you all to imagine the most random assassination scenario ever.”
what she says: i’m fine
what she means: i will never achieve true closure and happiness until i know for a fact that chihiro and haku found each other again after the events of spirited away
Holyday cards by Dice Tsutsumi