In times of stress and anxiety, it’s fun to indulge in fantasy worlds. Whether it’s hanging out at the virtual Pokemon theme park or just watching Netflix, a few hours in another world can really lift our spirits. Studio Ghibli is a prime example of pure escapism: we can spend all day watching the filmography or indulging in video tours of the Ghibli Museum. So what’s next after you've finished watching all of the masterpieces?
Kabuki shows are notoriously long, around four hours, which works in favour of this story. Both the movie and kabuki adaptation are based on the seven-volume manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Miyazaki. With kabuki’s extra-long run time, the show incorporates the full storyline and final ending of the manga, which did not appear in the film. The all-male production stars kabuki favourites Kikunosuke Onoe V as Princess Nausicaä and Shichinosuke Nakamura II as Kushana.
The kabuki performance is available on the Japanese streaming service Mirail until September 25. There are two streaming options: ¥4,500 for the whole performance or ¥2,500 for half of the performance (you can choose either part one or part two). The rental is available for up to seven days after purchasing. In true kabuki fashion, pick up a bento or order delivery, settle into your couch and enjoy the long performance.