This man really opened my eyes to anime of another style. I love every anime he has ever made and I think that if any man needs to receive a merit, it’s this man.
Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎 駿) is the maestro director behind Studio Ghibli, and he has produced many anime classics such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and the more recent Ponyo.
In recognition for this contribution to Japanese culture, the Japanese government announced Miyazaki Hayao as one of the 15 winners of the Person of Cultural Merit honor. The winners of The Order of Cultural Merit, highest order, are decorated by the Emperor himself in the Imperial Palace on November 3 — a national holiday called Cultural Day.
Mangaka Matsumoto Leiji (Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999) and his fellow mangaka Mizuki Shigeru (Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro) also received the same honor respectively in 2001 and 2010.
Congratz, Miyazaki. I can’t wait to see many more works from you. Keep it!