These 21 Poetic Miyazaki Quotes Will Inspire You To Live Your Best Life

Le studio d’animations japonais Ghibli & Petit Bateau se sont associés pour une collection capsule qui invite au rêve, à la poésie, et à cultiver son imaginaire! À cette occasion, ils ont organisé le concours créatif #VoleQuiPeut sur Instagram, requérant de poster une photo en train de voler dans la nature ou entouré d’éléments de la nature, afin de tenter de remporter un voyage aller/retour à Tokyo et une entrée au Studio Ghibli pour deux personnes.

Avant de poster ma participation sur le réseau, j’ai eu les yeux remplis d’étoiles en découvrant mon colis, dans lequel j’ai trouvé ma marinière soigneusement pliée dans un bento avec les patchs textiles de Mon Voisin Totoro à poser au gré de mes envies pour faire de ma nouvelle et nième conquête à rayures une pièce absolument unique.

Pour toute cette collection, une pluie de personnages se sont lovés dans ces patchs et proviennent de quatre films d’exception d’Hayao Miyazaki, à savoir Mon Voisin Totoro, Princesse Monoké, Ponyo Sur La Falaise, et Le Voyage de Chihiro.

En quelques mots, la rencontre entre Petit Bateau et le Studio Ghibli, c’est:

  • Un regard visionnaire
  • Une sensibilité écologique
  • Une culture de l’illustration
  • Une certaine idée de la qualité
  • Un language commun: la couleur
  • Une volonté farouche de cultiver leur part d’enfance
  • et le génie de Miyazaki qui s’infiltre dans la maison Petit Bateau.

Mais son génie ne s’arrête pas aux visuels et aux histoires de ses films; sa sagesse, qui luit à travers eux, est tout autant légendaire. Alors pour en avoir un aperçu, voici une sélection de 21 citations emplie de poésie, qui vous inspirera de vivre votre meilleure vie.

Japanese animation studio Ghibli and Petit Bateau joined hands for a limited edition collection, which opens up to us a dreamy and poetic world and invites us to cultivate our imagination! On this occasion, they organised the #VoleQuiPeut creative contest on Instagram, requiring people wishing to enter to post a picture of themselves flying in a natural environment or surrounded by elements of nature, in order to try to win a return ticket to Tokyo tickets to the Ghibli studio for two persons.

Before posting my picture for the contest, I had my eyes filled with stars as I opened my parcel, in which I found my striped tee nicely folded in a bento-style box also containing the ‘My Neighbour Totoro’-themed patches to place where I wanted on my new piece of clothing to suit my whims and fancies and make it absolutely unique.

For this collection, a shower of characters have curled up in these patches and come from four exceptional Hayao Miyazaki films, i.e. My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Monoke, Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea, and Spirited Away.

In a few words, the meeting between Petit Bateau and the Ghibli studio is:

  • A visionary outlook
  • A sensibility for the environment
  • A culture of illustration
  • An ideal of quality
  • A common language: colour
  • A passionate desire to cherish their share of childhood
  • and Miyazaki’s genius that infiltrated the French brand, Petit Bateau

But his genius doesn’t end with the visuals and stories of his films; his wisdom, shining through them, is just as much of a legend. So for us to take a peek, here’s a selection of 21 poetic quotes that will inspire you to live your best life.

1 .

“The Earth speaks to all of us, and if we listen, we can understand.”

Castle in the Sky (1986)

2 .

“Trees and people used to be good friends.”

My Neighbour Totora (1988)

3 .

“We each need to find our own inspiration. Sometimes it’s not easy.”

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

4 .

“Whenever someone creates something with all of their heart, then that creation is given a soul.”

The Cat Returns (2002)

5 .

“A heart’s a heavy burden.”

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

6 .

« Everybody, try laughing. Then whatever scares you will go away! »

My Neighbour Totora (1988)

7 .

“No matter how many weapons you have, no matter how great your technology might be, the world cannot live without love!”

Castle in the Sky (1986)

8 .

“Life is suffering. It is hard. The world is cursed. But still you find reasons to keep on living.”

Princess Mononoke (1997)

9 .

« Life, as they say, has its ups and downs. At times, the waves may taunt you, tossing you in their swells. But take heart. It’s hard to stick with it and make it on your own. But even a couple of losers can survive most things if they’re together. »

My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

10 .

“Just follow your heart, and keep smiling.”

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

11 .

“Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them.”

Spirited Away (2001)

12 .

“My heart is stronger now that you’re in it.”

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)




13 .

“I’ve always liked a girl who speaks from the heart.”

The Cat Returns (2002)

14 .

“They say that the best blaze burns brightest when circumstances are at their worst.”

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

15 .

“It doesn’t really matter what colour your dress is. What matters is the heart inside.”

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

16 .

“It’s funny how you wake up each day and never really know if it’ll be one that will change your life forever.”

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

17 .

“You cannot alter your fate. However, you can rise to meet it.”

Princess Mononoke (1997)

18 .

“Now go, and don’t look back.”

Spirited Away (2001)

19 .

« Yet, even amidst the hatred and carnage, life is still worth living. It is possible for wonderful encounters and beautiful things to exist. »

—Hayao Miyazaki

20 .

« I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live — if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love. »

—Hayao Miyazaki

21 .

« Many of my movies have strong female leads — brave, self-sufficient girls that don’t think twice about fighting for what they believe in with all their heart. They’ll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a saviour. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man. »

—Hayao Miyazaki


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