Monday, January 18, 2016

Month of Miyazaki: From Up on Poppy Hill


One of the lesser known Miyazaki films, From Up on Poppy Hill is completely different from all the rest. In fact, it wasn't directed by Hayao Miyazaki, but by his SON, Goro Miyazaki!

Cartooning talents apparently run in the family!

The lead female character, Umi, is a teenage girl in 1960's Japan with a lot of responsibilities. It's her job to take care of her younger siblings while her mother is away at college, and she also has to help her grandmother run the boarding house they own. She shops for and cooks dinner and does laundry, all while keeping up with her schoolwork! It doesn't leave her much free time, but one day she joins an after school club without really meaning to, because she met a boy that she gets along with and likes... and things sort of go all topsy turvy from there.

Aside from the sailor school girl uniform, her everyday look consisted of a simple red skirt, pink blouse, and cardigan. It was simple, unfussy, and cute as hell.

Umi's late father was a sailor who was lost at sea, but she held on to her hope that she would one day see him again by raising flags for the boats to read every morning. I chose cute anchor earrings that I feel portray this well. If you haven't watched this movie, you really should! It's not "magical", but it does give feeeeeeels.

Have you been keeping up with my weekly "Month of Miyazaki" posts?
Check out:

1) Kiki's Delivery Service
2) Princess Mononoke

Stay tuned for more!


  1. Definitely all the feels. I've only watched it once, even though we own it. Love the cute outfit! xo

    1. I loved this movie - it's different, but touching!


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