Reader Joel Gutheil snapped these photos during his last trip to Japan. At a meeting with officials at Studio Ghibli, he asked if Hayao Miyazaki was working that day. Initially told that, no, Miyazaki-san had other pressing matters, Gutheil had the most extrordinary good luck: the famed director was just walking into work that very minute. He graciously thanked the young man for the visit, and posed for a personal photo.
Toshio Suzuki was also in attendence, and after some gentle requests, the normally shy producer also agreed to pose with Gutheil for a photo, who reports that everyone was in good spirits. He also wrote me that, to this day, he remains breathless at his great fortune.
Gutheil also wanted to pass along assurances from a Studio Ghibli representative that, yes, the studio would only be taking a short break after When Marnie Was There's summer 2014 release. No other specifics are available at this time, but many details will be kept discreetly quiet for now.
Much thanks to Joel Gutheil for sharing these photos.