Shinto's Perspective on Colour and Form Difference of Spirit Gate in The Beginning and Ending Scene of Spirited Away Movie by Studio Ghibli

  • Maugina Rizki Havier Itenas Bandung
Keywords: Spirited Away, Ghibli, Architecture, Shintoism, Gate


Spirited Away is an animation made by Ghibli Studio on 2001 under Hayao Miyazaki direction. This movie awarded as The Best Animation by The 75th Academy Award. This movie tells about the journey of Chihiro, the protagonist who’s been “spirited away” to the spirit world. There’s a significant difference on the visual and surounding of the scene when Chihiro went inside the spirit world through the gate in the beginning of the movie and when she’s back from that world at the ending. Even it’s pretty clear that it is the same place, but the gate, the colors, material, and the environment seems to be different. This visual generate a long controversy, include of how excactly the story end. 

Question arise of the significant distinction on the visual of the gate between the scenes, like why on the beginning the color of the gate is red with some characteristic of Shinto’s Temple architectural, but then the gate at the ending is white and made from stone piles. Hayao Miyazaki as creator of the movie has never explicitely answer the question on this matter. This qualitative study using visual examination method on colors and material of the gates, from the perspective of Shinto’s and Japanese architecture, to know the reason behind the importance of differentiating the visual of the gates in the beginning and the ending of the movie. 


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Author Biography

Maugina Rizki Havier, Itenas Bandung

Lecturer in Interior Design Major, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Institut Teknologi Nasional (National Institute of Technology) Bandung


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How to Cite
M. Havier, “Shinto’s Perspective on Colour and Form Difference of Spirit Gate in The Beginning and Ending Scene of Spirited Away Movie by Studio Ghibli”, JDI, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 37-56, Jul. 2021.