On Friday the city of Mitaka in Tokyo began a crowdfunding campaign with one goal – to save the now twenty-year-old Ghibli Museum.
The famed museum, dedicated to all things Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, closed temporarily last year from February 25th to July and then again this year from April 25th to early June all due to state of emergencies due to the pandemic.
That meant lost revenue without which the museum could easily fall into disrepair. As only a limited number of visitors are allowed at any one time (so as not to ruin the experience) even before social distancing measures began, the museum is now running out of money.
The city gave the museum a grant and also launched the campaign requesting donations of 5,000 yen ($45 U.S. dollars) which could be tax write-offs. One limitation though is it’s only open to residents of Japan. The goal was for 10 million yen (roughly $90,000) to cover the shortfall for the necessary maintenance and repairs required to help the museum stay afloat.
Well the campaign worked, in just half a week the page has secured over 23.4 million yen/$214,000 and the campaign still has over six months left on the clock. It’s hoped the extra money will go towards either new exhibits or improving the museum in some way.