Lessons to Learn from Studio Ghibli
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Category: Our Values
Tags: adventure, ExchangeForAChange, growth, Learning

Studio Ghibli is an award-winning Japanese animation studio that has released numerous animated films widely known to children and adults.

  • Spirited Away 
  • Ponyo 
  • Howl’s Moving Castle 

We follow characters on their adventures and ultimately see them triumph. But, on a deeper level, we simultaneously witness the characters address their flaws and grow throughout their journey—and this resonates with us!

At the end of the films, we see characters with a renewed sense of self and worldview.


Although adventures are generally painted as fun and exciting, they do not come without struggles. Experiencing both aspects are essential for growth. 

The adventures we go on shape who we are – they allow us to conquer our fears and discover a new version of ourselves. 

Ponyo (2008) - Ponyo

Dreaming of living on land, Ponyo displays confidence in herself despite doubts. Ponyo’s story encourages us to worry less about the “what ifs” and go for the things we truly want–even if it’s scary.

Spirited Away (2001) - Chichiro

With her parents trapped in the Spirit World, Chichiro must find a way to save them by adapting to a completely unknown world. Chichiro’s journey shows us the importance of perseverance and staying true to who we are. 

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) - Kiki

Kiki moves to another town to complete her witch training, but struggles to prove herself. Kiki’s story shows us that failure is normal. All we need to do is to take a step back, so that we can come back stronger. 

Do you feel like your life is lacking a bit of adventure?

What does it mean to go on an adventure? Visiting a new place, having fun, eating good food? That may be the case, but you can get much more than these.
去一個歷險其實係點架?探索新地方、玩得開心、食到好味嘅食物? 嗰啲雖然係一個冒險,但係我哋仲可以獲得好多嘢。 

Step out of your comfort zone and live in a challenging environment which will develop your leadership competencies, personal skills and improve your language capabilities.

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