“Howl’s Moving Castle”: Market Chipping (Ribeauvillé, France)

Yes, my people, I have returned after a two-month absence! D:

Anyway, we return to another colorful town in France–Ribeauvillé, this time! Hayao Miyazaki, himself, was said to be inspired by it, so we know the comparisons are spot-on this time.

So, to refresh fans of the movie or to introduce those of you who haven’t seen it, here is the protagonist’s hometown (where the fateful encounter with the wizard, Howl, begins!), Market Chipping:



concept art, I believe?:


Now, for Ribeauvillé!

(a smattering of pictures in no particular order)


(from Wikipedia)

ribeauville-riquewihr.com (market chipping)






“Spirited Away” (Jiufen, Taiwan)

(wow…I haven’t written since late August?)

I actually found a few blog posts comparing Jiufen to the world of “Spirited Away” and it’s hard not to see the resemblance.

For example:


This really reminded me of the infamous bath house! The traditional swoopy roofs with the red and green being the primary colors used for the design. Also, it’s right by the water just like in Spirited Away. This building, however, seems to be a temple rather than a bath house?

Here is the one from Spirited Away:


I wish I could see the body of the temple instead of just the top view, but alas…

Moving on to the town, itself–here is Jiufen:



(You have no idea how badly I want to go to this place! D:)

Now, here is the town in Spirited Away~








Anime Real Life Counterpart Masterlist!

So, this is the list of all the animes I’ve seen that were based upon specific towns. For now I’ll put down two, but I’ll add as I go on.


1. “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”: Nishinomiya in Hyogo, Japan

This blog post (http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/nishinomiya-hyogo-home-of-the-melancholy-of-suzumiya-haruhi/) has a lot of awesome comparative pictures!


2. “Ano Hana”: Chichibu in Saitama, Japan

Go here!: (http://imgur.com/a/v5u65)


3. “DuRaRaRa!”: Ikebukuro in Tokyo, Japan



4. “The World Ends with You”: Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan