Remembering the Journey
Exploring the world of “Kiki’s Delivery Service”

On wondertrunk & co.’s official Facebook page, we’re sharing our staff’s picks for movies, books, and songs that have inspired us to get out there and explore the world. As international travel remains on hold for the time being, now is the perfect time to reminisce and revisit some of our favorite moments from previous travels!
Today, one of our staff will tell us about her trip to the real-life setting of a beloved, animated film.


Films That Inspire Us : “Kiki’s Delivery Service” by Studio Ghibli, 1989

Hello! I’m Yone from wondertrunk&co. The film I’d like to introduce is “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. The film is about Kiki embarking on a year-long journey to become a full-fledged witch. The way Kiki escapes her comfortable everyday life and plunges herself into a new environment is an inspiring message about the true joy of traveling and having the courage to take the first step!

Kiki chooses the fictional Swedish town of Koriko to continue her witch studies. In 2017 I was able to visit Kotor, Montenegro, the real-life inspiration for the film’s setting of a “town by the sea”!

The red brick roofs, cobblestone streets with brightly colored trees and windows with spectacular views of the surrounding nature, and the fresh seafood dishes that can only be found in the Mediterranean turned walking around the city into an exciting adventure. And the view of Kotor from above was spectacular!


I like this story because it embodies the fact that traveling is not only about freedom and fun. It is also about jumping into a new environments, which can sometimes lead to mistakes, anxiety, and inconvenience. I actually think that is why people go on trips. Traveling is a way of searching for something that cannot be obtained only through fun.

Even if you can’t go on a trip right now, I recommend watching “Kiki’s Delivery Service” to remind you of the true joy of traveling and of going somewhere new!
(“Kiki’s Delivery Service”, 1989 / Japan / Distributed by Toei)