I want you to know my real name. It's Chihiro.
—Chihiro to Zeniba

Chihiro Ogino is the protagonist of Spirited Away. Her name temporalily changed to Sen by Yubaba, when she is employed in the Bathhouse, where sh e works for three days. So she is referred throughout most of the film by her short name Sen.


Chihiro Ogino is a 10 year old girl who has brown hair and brown eyes. She wears a green and white shirt and pink shorts and when she is employed in the bath house for most time of the film she wears a red work clothes.


Initially shown to be petulant, egoistic, childish and easily frightened, Chihiro grows into a capable individual and is a core factor to the movement of Spirited Away plot. During her adventure in the Spirit Relam, she matures from a whiny, self-centered, and pessimistic child to a hard-working, responsible, optimistic young girl who has learned to care for others.

To protect her friends and rescue her parents from a spell that has turned them into livestock, Chihiro sheds her former personality and adapts to her environment to become a courageous, quick-witted and reliable girl.

The strength of her bond with Haku as the story progressed eventually evolved into a very sincere form of love that dispelled Yubaba's curse on the River Spirit.


It is mentioned by director and creator Hayao Miyazaki that Chihiro has 'lost' all her memories of the Spirit World following her exiting of the tunnel. However, according to Haku's promise, he and Chihiro will meet again someday. This may or may not be referring to Chihiro's eventual death and transformation into a spirit. However, Zeniba's quote, "memories are never forgotten, they are just difficult to recall", suggests that Chihiro could, potentially, remember her experiences at The Bathhouse and the Spirit Realm. Regardless, the fate of Chihiro and Haku's relationship remains unknown and is up to audience interpretation.



Chi and Sen both use the same Japanese Kanji, which means '1,000', but are different readings of the same character. The name Sen is also a play on the name Chihiiro.

Yubaba short her name Chihiro (千尋) to control her. The name is part of her own identity. If Chihiro forget her real name, she will stay in the Spirit Realm forever. Yubaba short her name by removing the first two letters that became Sen (千).

Chihiro means one thousand strings. Strings is used in Japanese as an image for fate or destiny.



  • Chihiro was inspired by the daughter of one of the director's friends[2]
  • Chihiro's english actor, Daveigh Chase, is also best known as the voice of Lilo from Disney's Lilo and Stitch.


  1. The Art of Spirited Away, page 54
  2. The Art of Spirited Away, page 54

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