Princess Mononoke

My daughter loves the film writer and director Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. One of her favorite movies he has created is Princess Mononoke, a 1997 Japanese animated historical fantasy feature film. Princess Mononoke is a period drama set specifically in the late Muromachi period of Japan but with numerous fantastic elements, and concentrates on the struggle between the supernatural guardians of a forest and the humans who consume its resources as seen by the outsider Ashitaka.

When the girls next door decided to celebrate Halloween in the Summer (now a tradition in our neighborhood, this was the 3rd year) .. my daughter wanted a unique costume.  When she said, “I want to be San from the movie Princess Mononoke,” I was apprehensive as we only had a few hours prior to prepare.  We didn’t have a lot of time to invest and I didn’t want to disappoint her.  Fortunately, we were able to create this one relatively easily with an old t-shirt of her dad’s (blue), a pillow case (white), my fur stole, and a few cowrie shells (for the necklace & headband).

Not surprisingly, the other children were not familiar with the movie.  Only a few had even seen a movie by Miyazaki … can you guess which one it might be? … let alone this one from 1997.  We thereby printed a couple of pictures so that she could share.  Her costume was certainly the most unique … just like her.  She was so delighted in their response that she has requested to where it again on October 31st, “with some improvements.”

About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥

2 comments on “Princess Mononoke

  1. We love Studio Ghibli movies. We haven’t seen this one, but some of our top favourites are The Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, and Howl’s Moving Castle.
    I will try to find Princess Mononoke so we can watch it.
    The costume looks great, especially with such a short amount of prep time!

  2. We found the movie at our library and watched it tonight. Celeste didn’t end up watching the whole thing, a bit too graphic for her, but we loved it. It’s beautiful. Thanks for mentioning it!

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