“I thought you would live to 95. Thank you, Paku-san. I will never forget you. You spoke to me for the first time at the bus stop after the rain 55 years ago.”  

A ceremony for Isao Takahata has been held today in Tokyo. About 1,200 people, including friends and anime fans, gathered to bid farewell to the Oscar-nominated director, who died last month at age 82.
Among them, his best friend, film director Hayao Miyazaki, who thanked him for everything they accomplished together.