This is something that slips past the Western viewers- it looks like it’s reaching out for Chihiro, in a malicious way, to the Western viewers. It’s what I thought growing up.
However, now, that I know that it’s a way of signalling for someone to ‘Come here!’ in Japan, the scene takes on a whole new meaning.
That spirit knows that if Chihiro doesn’t eat the food, she will disappear. And it knows if it offers the food, she cannot be cursed as a gluttonous pig because it wouldn’t have been stolen.
Just a unique take when you have all of the context.
And also, the red lanterns spell out ‘おいで’ which translates to “Come here” or “Come in” :)
Bettie Page was a pin-up model in the 1950s. She eventually quit the business and started a religious path in life. Sometime in the late 1960s - early 1970s, her life started to fall apart. She had several violent episodes and was diagnosed schizophrenic.
During the height of her popularity and resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s, she was serving time in a mental home for multiple stabbings where she was found legally insane. She left mental facilities in 1992, never knowing of her popularity until a few years before her death in 2008.
Li Wei for STYLE ZEITGEIST by Christos Karantzolas