Is it pronounced Gibli, or Jibli? I’ve always wondered because one day I heard someone say Jibli and it threw me off a little. The Italian word is with a hard G. However, the name of the studio is pronounced with a soft G, as evidenced by its katakana spelling (ジブリ jiburi).
How do you pronounce Ghibli in Japanese?
Is Ghibli G or J?
It would seem, however, that Miyazaki either mistook or deliberately corrupted the pronunciation of Ghibli which is meant to have a “G” sound as in “gift” rather than a “J” sound as in “giraffe” as it is in the studio’s name. The current Studio Ghibli seems like a nice place to work.
What does Ghibli mean in Japanese?
Name. The name “Ghibli” was chosen by Miyazaki from the Italian noun ghibli (also used in English), based on the Libyan Arabic name for hot desert wind (قبلي, ‘ghiblī’), the idea being the studio would “blow a new wind through the anime industry”. It also refers to an Italian aircraft, the Caproni Ca.309.
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