If I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.

          -Hayao Miyazaki (x)


I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.

"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”

Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?

"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.


— Rogert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki (via orlyman)


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"Without thinking about it, I used to be able to fly. Now I can’t even begin to remember how I ever managed to do it."

I think this entire movie is an allegory for turning what you love into your job, and that applies to aritsts too

you see you love to do something, but then when you make it into your livelihood it removes the fun from it sometimes, especially when people don’t appreciate that you do it. Then, you lose your motivation to do it, it becomes a chore, you don’t want to do it. For Kiki, it was magic, and eventually she lost it. What brought it back wasn’t her duty to fulfill her job, but her desire to save her friend. 

Always remember why you do what you do, never let anything rob you of what it is you love. 

A very apt thing to be reminded of. 

You don’t remember your name?
No, but for some reason I remember yours.

“I can’t go any further.”