“When you can’t tell the difference between your own pleasure and your pain then you’re an addict.”
“One girl told me she had prayed for a Barbara Ann Scott doll with figure skates and swansdown trim on the costume and she got it for her birthday; so I decided to pray too, not like the Lord’s Prayer or the fish prayer but for something real. I prayed to be made invisible, and when in the morning everyone could see me I knew they had the wrong God.”
The name is a combination of gló- from the verb að glóa meaning “to glow, shine, glitter” and sóli meaning “sole.” The second element of the name, sóli, shares its grammatical stem with the word “sól”, meaning “sun”. In combination “glósóli” can be understood as a childish way of saying “glowing sun” or “let the sun glow”.
I was so fortunate to meet Miyazaki at the 2002 Toronto film festival. I told him 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 sigh, or gaze at 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." 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."
“Neither do I,” he said, his expression tender yet resolute. “So let’s make our own."