Born on January 5, 1941, in Tokyo, Japan, Miyazaki grew up living through post-World War II Japan. Learning of the destruction of the war, Miyazaki pursued to exemplify the horrors of war and conflict through his art and films. He joined the anime business in 1963 when he entered Toei Animation studios as a storyboard assistant artist. Through this medium, he was able to get his foot in the door of animation. He worked tirelessly to get his personal creations publicized and worked with many different other projects as an assistant for 16 years until he directed his first feature film The Castle of Cagliostro in 1979. Just like Jonah Lehrer's article "Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Giving Up," Miyazaki continuously used his unpopular and unpublicized work for 16 years to develop a worthy creation. He was able to take what worked and discard what didn't. The success of his next feature film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind would then realize his potential and passion to leave Toei Animation and start his own studio with his close friend and anime director Isao Takahata. They started the now internationally known Studio Ghibli.
As one of his most popular works, Princess Mononoke embodies his passion that represents his creative style. Using the backdrop of mystical medieval Japan, Princess Mononoke creates the scene of a conflict between man and nature and one man's quest to bring balance between the two. Heavily emphasizing the importance of the environment around us and how man has taken advantage of it to create deadly weapons, Miyazaki expresses his anti-war beliefs in a powerful and moving story of love and a quest for meaning.