宮﨑 駿（みやざき はやお、1941年1月5日 - ）は、日本のアニメーション作家・映画監督・漫画家。東京府東京市出身（墨田区という説もある）。学習院大学政経学部卒。血液型O型。埼玉県所沢市在住。東京都小金井市、三鷹市名誉市民。アニメーション制作会社スタジオジブリに映画監督として所属し、2005年4月より取締役。また、自身が企画開発した三鷹の森ジブリ美術館の館主である。個人の事務所は二馬力で、主に宮﨑の著作権関連の管理を行っており、自身は代表取締役社長である。別名として秋津 三朗（あきつ さぶろう）、照樹 務（てれこむ）がある。映画などのクレジットタイトルでは宮崎 駿（みやざき はやお）と表記されることもある。
Book on Miyazaki's 'Totoro houses' gets 2nd edition
BY NASUKA YAMAMOTO STAFF WRITER
Cover of the expanded and revised edition of "Totoro no sumu ie" ((c) 2011 Nibariki)Sketch of a park designed by director Hayao Miyazaki from the revised "Totoro no sumu ie" ((c) 2011 Nibariki)
A few years after his much-loved anime film, "Tonari no Totoro" (My Neighbor Totoro, 1988) was released, director Hayao Miyazaki published a book about a group of charming old houses that he found while walking around parts of Tokyo.
The six houses swathed in greenery that Miyazaki spotted during walks around his former studio in Asagaya, Suginami Ward, as well as in areas along the JR Chuo Line between the Koenji and Kichijoji districts were featured in a series of magazine articles and published as a book in 1991, called "Totoro no sumu ie" (Houses where Totoro lives).
He gave the book that title because the houses all seemed to him to be places similar to the quaint house featured in his film. Miyazaki visited the owners of the six houses and created a series of stories and drawings about them.
Time has taken its toll on the houses, however. One burned to the ground in a suspicious fire 18 years later.
In January, an enlarged and revised edition of the book was released by Iwanami Shoten Publishers.
The revised book contains the drawings and photos in the first edition, but also describes the house that was destroyed by fire. It also contains the designs Miyazaki created for a park that was later built on the destroyed house's site.
In one picture, the large, furry forest spirit Totoro squats in a corridor. Meanwhile, pitch-black soot sprites shaped like chestnut burs, known as Makkuro Kurosuke, hide behind the kitchen pots.
Miyazaki's sketches depict this cosy world, typical of his Studio Ghibli films.
The original edition was published by The Asahi Shimbun after being serialized in the defunct Gekkan Asahi monthly magazine.
Miyazaki described one house in Asagaya as a "gem." It is a western-style wooden construction built in 1924. He wrote how he stopped in his tracks and became "transfixed" when he chanced upon it.
It was "created by the residents, plants and house that existed throughout the same period," he wrote.
The house in Asagaya became famous among fans of Miyazaki's works, but it was destroyed in a fire in 2009. When he heard the news, Miyazaki felt compelled to do something to help. He decided to sketch out a concept plan to create a park on the spot.
Suginami Ward accepted his design, and a park was created last summer.
It was called "A-san no niwa" (Mr. Anyone's garden), a name the director chose because he wanted every visitor to feel as though the place was his or her own.
Interviewed about the new edition, Miyazaki recalled making the original sketches of the houses. "Since (the houses) would eventually disappear, I wanted to preserve them, at least on paper," he said.
"We can rebuild buildings if we want to, but the scenery won't be the same," he added. Surrounded by neighboring houses and plants, "pleasant scenery is created through its encounters and ties with people," he said.
"Totoro no sumu ie" is priced at 2,415 yen (about $30), including tax.