Hayao Miyazaki paints sky red with plane based on 'Porco Rosso'
The Asahi Shimbun by HIROKI HASHIMOTO/ Staff Writer August 11, 2017
An amphibious sightseeing plane with a paint job overseen by Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki (Hiroki Hashimoto)
ONOMICHI, Hiroshima Prefecture--Anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki is now reaching for the sky in the real world.
Studio Ghibli’s founder has overseen the color scheme of an amphibious sightseeing aircraft, which was unveiled to the public here Aug. 10.
The plane has been painted bright red, which gives it a brilliant clashing contrast against the blue sky and the Seto Inland Sea.
Green and white lines evoking Italy’s national flag grace the vertical tail fin and are also painted on the underside of the main wings.
Miyazaki apparently borrowed his ideas from his own Studio Ghibli movie “Porco Rosso,” which features an Italian ex-fighter ace operating a flying boat.
The plane is operated by Setouchi Sea Planes, based in Onomichi. And while Miyazaki oversaw the design, the tourist company’s logo adorning the aircraft’s vertical tail fin was designed by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki.
The aircraft's unveiling marked the first anniversary of Setouchi Sea Planes’ launch of sightseeing flights. The new plane is one of five owned by the company.
A 50-minute flight costs 32,000 yen ($290) on weekdays and 37,000 yen on holidays and weekends.