Japan Has a Real-Life Bakery From the ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ Anime
Japan’s Studio Ghibli produces some of the world’s most beloved animation, and one of the studio’s most beloved properties has spawned a real-life tribute bakery where fans can buy movie-inspired bread.
Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, by famed anime director Hayao Miyazaki, is the story of a 13-year-old witch in training named Kiki who works at a bakery and makes deliveries on her flying broomstick. The movie was released in 1989, and it’s still popular today. In fact, it’s so popular that according to Rocket News 24, there’s a real, live reproduction of the bakery called Kiki’s Bakery in Kyushu.
Kiki’s Bakery is located in Yufuin Floral Village, which is designed to look like a tiny, quaint, European mountain village. The store itself has a stuffed version of Kiki’s pet cat as a mascot, and a wall full of croissants and different bread flavors. It probably does not deliver, but customers don’t seem to mind.