Chihiro: Listen, Haku. I don’t remember it, but my mom told me. Once, when I was little, I fell into a river. She said they’d drained it and built things on top. But I’ve just remembered. The river was called, its’s name was the Kohaku River. Your real name is Kohaku.
Haku: Chihiro, thank you. My real name is Nigihayami Kohaku Nushi.
Haku: Nigihayami Kohaku Nushi.
Chihiro: What a name. Sounds like a god.
Haku: I remember too, how you fell into me as a child. You had dropped your shoe.
Chihiro: Yes, you carried me to shallow water, Kohaku. I’m so grateful!
“Are you moving the castle?”
“What a lot of fuss! Of course I am!”
“But I’ve just remembered. The river was called… Its name was the Kohaku River. Your real name is Kohaku.”
Spirited Away | 千と千尋の神隠し
Done in Watercolor. More daily sketches here.
Lost and alone, the small Chihiro is faced with a world full of spirits, monsters and gods. Luckily for him, Haku will help her. He teaches Chihiro the best way to reach the witch Yubaba, the owner of the bathhouse, and suggests she ask to work in it. On the way, she meets Kamaji and Lin. Both, like Haku, helps her to get used to this world.
The Witch reveals that all humans who come into their domains are transformed into animals before being devoured. Those without the sad fate must prove their worth at work, or are sentenced to death. Without an alternative, the girl makes a deal with Yubaba to work in the bathhouse, denying their humanity and changing the name, which happens to be Sen. As she works, Chihiro will have to find a way to find their memories, and save your parents leave town, or else be enslaved witch forever.
Only Yesterday, or おもひでぽろぽろ (Omohide Poro Poro),
“memories come tumbling down.”