Enter the World Of My Neighbor Totoro in Japan’s Oita and Miyazaki Prefectures

14.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

My Neighbor Totoro is one of Studio Ghibi’s most celebrated animated feature films, adored by people around the world. If you’ve visited Japan, you’re bound to have run into something Totoro-related, but did you know there’s actually several locations in Kyushu which takes it to the next level, bringing the world of the film to life?

 

Today, we are joined by Rie who posts her Kyushu travels on her Instagram page. She has provided us with photos of these amazing spots, which are must-visits for Totoro fans, along with her thoughts.

 

Tataragi Bus Stop | Hita, Oita Prefecture

When you roll up to Tataragi Bus Stop (多々良木バス停) in Oita’s city of Hita, you are welcomed by a giant piece of wall art made into the moss that grows on the wall. This bus stop is actually a stop used exclusively by school buses, so ordinary people can’t actually catch a bus here. And unfortunately, you won’t see any cat buses running down the street if you wait long enough in the rain, but it’s still a must-visit for fans.

Address: Amagasemachi Gota, Hita, Oita, Japan (In Japanese: 大分県日田市天瀬町合田)

 

Totoro’s Forest | Saiki, Oita Prefecture

This area is visited by many tourists and sightseers throughout the year because of how similar it looks to something from My Neighbor Totoro. There is a small park near the bus stop which is known as Totoro no Mori (Totoro’s Forest).

Being surrounded by nature, enveloped by the green trees and foliage, makes you feel like Mei and Satsuki from the movie. It’s like being transported back to my childhood. It’s a strange place that makes you feel nostalgic even if it’s your first time visiting.

Address: 1368 Ume Oaza Minamitabaru, Saiki-shi, Oita Prefecture (In Japanese: 大分県佐伯市宇目大字南田原轟1368)

 

Takahara, Miyazaki Prefecture

The next spot I want to show you is where an ordinary person made their very own Totoro statue. If you hold up an umbrella in the rain you can take a photo that recreates that one scene from te movie. There is a sign nearby the statue with a caution written on it as the Totoro is actually inside a family garden. When visiting to take a photo, please make sure to follow the caution and not cause any trouble for people in the neighbouring area.

Address: 7538-6 Kamamuta, Takaharu, Nishimorokata-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture (In Japanese: 宮崎県西諸島県群高原町大字蒲牟田7538-6)

 

Rie posts photos of all her visits around Kyushu on Instagram, so if you’re thinking of ever visiting there, be sure to follow her for ideas on where to go.

 

Photos by Rie

*The information listed in this article is correct at the time of publishing

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    Photo by Joshua White JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation

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    lmageboard, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988), Hayao Miyazaki © 1988 Studio Ghibli


    Still Image, ‘Spirited Away’ (2001), Hayao Miyazaki © 2001 Studio Ghibli・NDDTM

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    Tree Tunnel


    Still Image, ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988), Hayao Miyazaki © 1988 Studio Ghibli

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    Still Image, ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ (1989), Hayao Miyazaki © 1989 Eiko Kadono・Studio Ghibli・N

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    Making Of


    Imageboard, ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ (1984), Hayao Miyazaki © 1984 Studio Ghibli・H

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    Background Image, ‘Spirited Away’ (2001), Hayao Miyazaki © 2001 Studio Ghibli・NDDTM

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    Sky View Installation

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    Transformations

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    Magical Forest

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    Photo of Hayao Miyazaki by Nicolas Guerin

     

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    Address: Badai, Usuki, Oita
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    Kumamoto Station: Cars
    Kagoshima-Chūō Station: Monsters, Inc.
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    Tabloid Distribution

    For illustrative purposes only. Distribution from September 12, 2020.

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    Cars photo spot

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    Original sticker designs

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    *Stickers are available while supplies last

     

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    1st Stamp Rally: September 12, 2020 – January 31, 2021

     

    Limited Edition Merchandise

    Merchandise lineup

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    Release Date: September 12, 20202
    Merchandise List: https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/train/wakuwaku-adventure/goods/

     

    Those who ride the very first departing train will receive an original Pixar design train ticket. The Tsubame 363 train bound for Kagoshima-Chūō Station will depart from Hakata Station at 12:19 on September 12, 2020.

     

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    Yubaba wearing a Mask ©TS ©Studio Ghibli

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    Ghibli Park’s “Seishun no Oka” (Hill of Youth) Area ©Studio Ghibli

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    The designs include the Robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky with a flame pattern, the bathhouse and No-Face from Spirited Away, the Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro, and the Studio Ghibli film opening. The boards are made from Canadian maple wood and are lightweight and durable.

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    Opening Skateboard Deck: ¥12,000 (Before Tax)

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    10.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    GBL, an online clothing company whose stock features designs from Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films, is set to open its first store at MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya, Tokyo on July 28, 2020 inside RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK.

     

    MIYASHITA PARK is a shopping complex filled with shops stocking high quality products. GBL MIYASHITA PARK will sell a range of fun, exclusive Studio Ghibli t-shirts with designs taken from popular films from the studio.

     

    The theme of this year’s line-up is t-shirts that have a “second-hand” design to them. There are 28 t-shirts to choose from including colour variations. Six of these are exclusive to GBL MIYASHITA PARK.

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind T-Shirt (Pure White): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)


    Princess Mononoke T-Shirt (Grey): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)


    Kiki’s Delivery Service T-Shirt (Red): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)

    The range is made from soft cotton and is inspired by American style t-shirts. To reduce the collar from stretching over time, twill tape is wrapped around the neck part of the t-shirt. The t-shirts are also stone washed during the manufacturing process to ensure they are both soft and have that ‘used’ quality to them.

    Laputa: Castle in the Sky T-Shirt (Grey): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)


    Porco Rosso T-Shirt (Black): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)


    Whisper of the Heart T-Shirt (Navy Blue): ¥4,880 (Before Tax)

    Sizes come in Small, Medium, Large, XL, and XXL. The collection is a must-have for any fan of Studio Ghibli.

  • Studio Ghibli American Casual Clothing Brand GBL Releases New T-Shirts

    17.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    GBL, an online clothing company whose stock features designs from Studio Ghibli’s animated feature films, opened limited pre-orders of their new Spring/Summer collection of 22 T-shirts on June 12, 2020 via Donguri Kyowakoku’s online shop Sora no Ue.

     

    This marks the third Spring/Summer collection to be released for GBL’s popular T-shirts. The line-up is made up of 22 T-shirts with designs from Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindLaputa: Castle in the SkyMy Neighbor TotoroKiki’s Delivery ServicePorco RossoWhisper of the HeartPrincess MononokeSpirited Away, and The Secret World of Arrietty.

    Laputa: Castle in the Sky “The Adventure Begins” T-Shirt


    My Neighbor Totoro “Soot Sprites” T-Shirt

    “Used” is the theme of this year’s collection, whose designs have a vintage taste to them, colour variation, and are made of high quality, comfortable cotton.

    My Neighbor Totoro “Cat Bus” T-Shirt

    The T-shirts are durable, and during the manufacturing process they are stone washed to make them even softer, adding to that “used” quality.

    Spirited Away “This is No Place For Humans” T-Shirt

    Some of the t-shirts also have iconic characters embroidered on them.

    Kiki’s Delivery Service “You Can Do It” T-Shirt

    This Kiki T-shirt features a print of that scene that anyone who has seen the film will remember fondly.

    There are five T-shirt sizes available (S/M/L/XL/XXL), which is one more than last year which only went up to XL. All T-Shirts also include the above-pictured original Studio Ghibli logo on the cuffs.

     

    GBL will open its first physical store at MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya this summer. Click here for more information.

  • Studio Ghibli Themed Japanese Trinkets Released in Japan For Summer

    13.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / MOVIE

    A new collection of summer themed Japanese trinkets have been released at branches of the official Studio Ghibli shop Donguri Kyowakoku and its online store Sora no Ue in Japan, including five different folding fans based on My Neighbor TotoroKiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away.

    Sensu Folding Fans: ¥2,980 Each (Before Tax)

    Studio Ghibli themed folding fans are a popular product every year at Donguri Kyowakoku and Sora no Ue. This year, the designs contrast vivid colours of the main fan face with vivid colours along the frame. The handles are also fitted with  cute ornaments. These ornaments aren’t available with the mini fans however.

    Pouch Bags (2 Designs): ¥1,800 Each (Before Tax)

    These pouch bags are the perfect coordination partner when combined with a folding fan. The designs give a real yukata-wearing Japanese summer festival vibe.

    My Neighbor Totoro Wind Chime: ¥3,200 (Before Tax)

    Also available to buy is this My Neighbor Totor wind chime carefully crafted by the artisans over at Oiden, a company that has been around since 1852.

     

    What better way to spend summer than with the characters of Studio Ghibli?

  • Studio Ghibli American Casual Clothing Brand GBL to Open First Store in Shibuya

    07.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese company Benelic is set to open the first permanent store for GBL, an online clothing company whose stock features designs from Studio Ghibli’s animated film features. The store will open inside MIYASHITA PARK, a new shopping centre opening in Shibuya this summer.

     

    About GBL

    GBL aims to capture those special feelings of magic and wonder we have all felt watching a Studio Ghibli film. Each clothing item in GBL’s collection is woven with love and enthusiasm for the internationally beloved animations.

     

    The First Stop: Shibuya


    GBL was launched in 2017, and since then has sold its stock via its website and at pop-up shops. Shibuya will be the place that GBL opens its first physical store, which is designed like a garage filled with fun and exciting products.

    New 2020 Design T-Shirts

    Shibuya is known the world over as the hub of street trends, making it the perfect location for GBL’s line-up of attire which combines Studio Ghibli and an “American casual” style.

     

    Fans of Studio Ghibli won’t want to miss out on a trip to Shibuya when they visit Tokyo to enter GBL.

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