Yamate Italian Mountain Garden
Studio Ghibli’s canon isn’t all magic dust mites and shape-shifting raccoons. Up On Poppy Hill forgoes fantasy to tell a teenage love story set in 1960s Yokohama. At the center of narrative sits the Latin Quarter, a cherished house slated for demolition and which serves as a reference to a favorite Miyazaki trope: why are we so quick to destroy the past in pursuit of the future? Fans of the Latin Quarter’s mix of American Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture can see its real-life counterpart in Yokohama’s hilltop Yamate neighborhood: a two-story mansion designed by JM Gardiner and built in 1910.