Studio Ghibli Director Hayao Miyazaki Draws Illustration for the Year of the Rabbit #ArtTuesday

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“Happy New Year. A rabbit drawn by Mr. Miyazaki. Its name is Uu-chan. It appears to have a twin named Fuu-chan. Thank you for your continued support in the year.”

Studio Ghibli tweeted out a special year of the rabbit message created by Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki also created an image for last year’s tiger!

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The name “Uu-chan,” derives from the Japanese word for rabbit, usagi. Similarly, “Fuu-chan” is related to the words for futago, meaning “twin,” and fuku, which translates to “luck.” This is likely a reference to Japanese fukubukuro lucky bags, which are sold in the New Year at a discount and contain an array of unknown items. It will be interesting to see what Miyazaki creates for the following year, which is represented by the dragon.


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