Kawaii Totoro Figure Collection to go on Sale at Donguri Republic♡
25.July.2017 | FASHION
Donguri Republic, the shop selling all things Studio Ghibli, are introducing some new Totoro figures to their shelves in Japanese stores and online. They will go on sale from September 15th this year and come in all different kinds of poses.
This cute collection comes with 6 figures of everyone’s favourite Totoro, all in varying poses. Although, one of the poses is a secret. Each of them will make wherever you decide to put them that much livelier, whether at home or at work. You’ll feel safe and better knowing that your big friend Totoro is watching over you.
The figures will be available from September 15th. And if you buy all 6, including the secret Totoro, you’ll get an electric lamp figure (above), as seen in the movie, completely free to go with your Totoro.
Turn your home into a world of Ghibli with your best friend, Totoro!
Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke & Other Studio Ghibli T-Shirts to be Sold at GBL MIYASHITA PARK in Tokyo
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.
GBL MIYASHITA PARK
Address: MIYASHITA PARK South (Floor 3F), 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:0021:00
No Fixed Holidays
*You must book in advance to visit RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK
GBL Brand Website: http://www.gbl.tokyo
Studio Ghibli American Casual Clothing Brand GBL Releases New T-Shirts
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 Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Whisper of the Heart, Princess Mononoke, Spirited 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.
GBL Official Website: http://www.gbl.tokyo
Studio Ghibli Themed Japanese Trinkets Released in Japan For Summer
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 Totoro, Kiki’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
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.
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.
Studio Ghibli Embroidered Brooch Collection Includes Chihiro, Totoro, Kiki & More
A new collection of detailed and intricately embroidered brooches featuring popular characters from the Studio Ghibli film catalogue is set to released at the end of this month (May 2020) at Donguri Kyowakoku stores in Japan and the shop’s online store Sora no Ue.
¥700 Each (Before Tax)
This is the second collection to be released from the brooch series and includes characters from the films Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, and Ponyo. You can attach them to your outfit or even decorate your room with them to show your love of the internationally-beloved films.
Each package contains a random design, so you won’t know which you have until you open it. There’s also a special box you can get with the entire collection of nine!
Studio Ghibli Vintage Glass Collection Features Totoro, Spirited Away, Laputa & More Designs
The official Studio Ghibli merchandise store Donguri Kyowakoku and its online shop Sora no Ue is releasing a new line of seven vintage glasses starting from mid-May this year.
The first line was released back in May 2019 and was a huge hit amongst Studio Ghibli fans. The collection is reminiscent of American comics in its designs.
The new second line of seven glasses includes Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Whisper of the Heart, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. This is the first time a Howl’s Moving Castle glass has entered the collection.
The glasses have also been made 1.5 times bigger than those in the first line while still keeping the designs stylish. They will make a great addition to any kitchen cupboard.
Studio Ghibli Merchandise Collection ‘Donguri Closet’ Opens For Grown-Up Fans
Donguri Kyowakoku Sora no Ue, the official online shop for Studio Ghibli merchandise in Japan, has released its new Donguri Closet line for grown-up fans of the animation studio which will run for a limited time only.
The new Donguri Closet brand focuses on the heroines of Studio Ghibli’s moviesーfemale characters who are by nature gentle but all of whom are strong women. The brand’s concept centres on being a place where people can be themselves through the merch. The collection is available to buy on Donguri Kyowakoku Sora no Ue.
This textile series features both big Totoro and small Totoro running around playing while surrounded by mint leaves.
Mini Pouch – ¥1,600 (Before Tax)
Clear Pouch – ¥1,800 (Before Tax)
The line-up is packed full of items you can use in your everyday life, from pouches to tote bags and more.
Left: Kiki’s Departure Mini Towel – ¥600 (Before Tax) / Right: Baron & Louise Mini Towel – ¥600 (Before Tax)
The mini towels feel soft on the skin and are embroidered with delicate flowers. Their small size means you can carry them around with you everywhere in your bag.
Whisper of the Heart Embroidered Brooch Collection (Box of 10) – ¥7,000 (Before Tax)
A Whisper of the Heart version of the store’s popular embroidered brooch collection enters the fray.
The Donguri Closet collection is available for a limited time only so be sure to check out the official website.
Donguri Kyowakoku Sora no Ue Online Shop: http://www.donguri-sora.com/
My Neighbor Totoro Mother’s Day Gift Set is Inspired by the Corn Mei Gives to Her Mother
The My Neighbor Totoro corn gift set is a hugely popular item sold in Japan for Mother’s Day. It will be released again this April at Donguri Kyowakoku stores across Japan and on the Sora no Ue online shop.
Studio Ghibli’s films never fail to warm the hearts of viewers. One of these feelsy moments is seen in the movie My Neighbor Totoro when Mei picks corn for her mother and treks her way to the hospital to give it to her. This gift set is inspired by that corn inside which is wrapped a lunch bag and handkerchief with illustrations of a lively Totoro and fresh vegetables.
My Neighbor Totoro 2020 Corn Gift Set – ¥2,727 (Before Tax)
The corn set is the same size as a real corn, and is sure to bring a smile to your mother’s face. If she’s yet to see the film, you’ll have to try convincing her to watch it. Pre-orders for the gift are now open.
Kiki’s Delivery Service UV Protection 33 – ¥2,300 (Before Tax)
Whisper of the Heart UV Protection 33 – ¥2,300 (Before Tax)
Protect yourself from UV rays with these new protection creams based on the Studio Ghibli films Kiki’s Delivery Service and Whisper of the Heart. The cream is made with organic plant based ingredients, and it can be used all over your body, whether for your morning and nighttime skin care routines or body when you get out the bath. The cream spreads across the skin easily and so is a recommended base for your make-up too. This is a great gift to get together with the corn set.
Treat mom to a special present this year by heading over to Donguri Kyowakoku.
Studio Ghibli Museum Photo Exhibition to be Held at HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA in Tokyo
A photo exhibition will be held at the HMV Museum in Shibuya from March 6, 2020 for a limited time in promotion of the release of Studio Ghibli Museum’s first official photo book, Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari (“The Story of the Ghibli Museum”).
“Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari” Photo Book – ¥3,800 (Exhibition Pre-Sale: March 6, 2020 / General Release: March 20, 2020)
Photography is strictly forbidden at the Studio Ghibli Museum, but this exhibition gives a rare look inside without having to go inside. There will be panels of photos of both inside and outside the museum, a display of miniature figures of characters like the Robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky, writings from Studio Ghibli film producer Toshio Suzuki, and more. The museum’s popular photo spots will also make an appearance at the exhibition for taking a photo next to.
Exclusive Desk Calendar (*Limited to 500 people per day, first-come first-served)
Desk calendars will also be available, featuring the photos used at the exhibition.
Exclusive Exhibition Merchandise
Tote Bag – ¥2,000 / T-Shirt – ¥2,800 / Hanging Scroll – ¥30,000 / Photos (3 Designs) – ¥8,000 Each
Visitors will be able to get their hands on the photo book early at the exhibition, and those who buy it at HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA will be invited to a signing and talk session on March 7, 2020 on a first-come, first-served basis. The signing will be attended by Kanyada and Toshio Suzuki, who will also be present at the talk event in addition to film director Ryutaro Nakagawa.
Exclusive merchandise will be sold at the exhibition. The exhibition itself encourages people to feel like a lost child, and its layout will reflect that without any set paths or routes.
Dive into the wonderful world of Studio Ghibli at the Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari Photo Exhibition.
*Please note that the number of people allowed to enter the exhibition will be restricted due to the ongoing situation surrounding the new coronavirus. This will widen the space between visitors and allow them to enjoy the exhibition in an uncrowded space. More details can be found on the official HMV Museum website.
Ghibli Bijutsukan Monogatari Photo Exhibition
Location: HMV Museum (HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA Floor 6F)
Running: March 6, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Open from 17:00 on March 6, 2020)
Last Entries: 20:30
Entry Price: ¥500 (Tax Included) *Free for preschool children
Event Page (Japanese): https://www.hmv.co.jp/news/article/2002141000/
*Opening hours subject to alteration
*For more details, please check the event page above or HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA’s official Twitter page
Japan Coronavirus: Studio Ghibli Museum, Sanrio Puroland & Other Facilities Close Temporarily
27.February.2020 | SPOT
A number of facilities in Japan have announced temporary closures to help stop any possible spreading of the coronavirus. Please check the following closures if you’re planning a trip to Japan in February or March. New information is rolling out all the time, so for the latest updates, please check the official websites for each establishment listed below.
Last Updated: February 28, 2020 at 00:51 (JST)
Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea®
Closed: February 29 – March 15, 2020
The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have purchased tickets valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Disney Resort Online Tickets and Reservations: https://reserve.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/top/?language=en
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds is provided on the museum’s official website.
Snoopy Museum Official Website:https://snoopymuseum.tokyo/s/smt/page/english?ima=0000
Sony Music Roppongi Museum
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds will soon be provided on the museum’s official website. The TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition will be extended until April 19, 2020.
TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition Official Website: https://type-moon-museum.com/
Sony Music Roppongi Museum Official Website: https://smrm.jp/
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
The park is scheduled to reopen on March 13, 2020, but this is subject to change depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus and news published by the government.
Tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Passport tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – September 29, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Payments for PUROPASSES bought between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled.
Payments for Anniversary Time tickets for the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled. Those who paid with cash will be refunded via registered mail.
Official Website (English): https://en.puroland.jp/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.puroland.jp/
Closed: February 25, 2020 – March 17, 2020
Refunds are applicable for tickets dated between January 22, 2020 – March 30, 2020.
Refunds will be paid in full between February 15, 2020 – March 31, 2020.
Official Website (English): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/
Toei Animation Museum
Closed: February 26, 2020 – March 18, 2020
The museum’s reopening is subject to consideration depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus. It will be announced via the museum’s official Twitter page and website.
Official Website: https://museum.toei-anim.co.jp/
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
Official Website (English): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/
Kyoto National Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
All events, the museum shop Benrido, and the museum cafe Maeda Coffee, have also closed temporarily.
Official Website (English): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index.html
ARASHI EXHIBITION “JOURNEY”
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 9, 2020
Location: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan
Official Website: https://arashiexhibition.jp/
Sanrio Harmony Land
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
Official Website (English): https://www.harmonyland.jp/english/harmony/harmony.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.harmonyland.jp/welcome.html
Universal Studios Japan
Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 15, 2020
The park’s reopening will be determined after serious consideration of the current condition of the coronavirus situation. The announcement of the park’s reopening will be made on the USJ’s official website and social media. Information on handling of tickets during the break period will be posted on the official website on February 28, 2020 at 21:00 (JST).
Official Website (English): https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.usj.co.jp/
Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 18, 2020
All planned events during the park’s closure have been cancelled and/or postponed until further notice. The park plans to reopen on March 19, 2020 subject to the current condition of the coronavirus situation. Updates will be posted on the official website. Refunds for winter season tickets will be announced at a later date.
Official Website (English): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/
Numerous other sports and cultural events will also close for two weeks commencing February 26, 2020. If you’re travelling to Japan in February and March, please check the websites of any places you plan to visit during your trip to see if they are open.
Studio Ghibli’s Masterpiece Laputa: Castle in the Sky to be Screened in Tokyo
Chofu Cinema Festival 2020 is set to take place next year from February 14 to March 8 in Chofu, Tokyo, and it’s been announced that Studio Ghibli’s monumental work Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), directed by Hayao Miyazaki, will feature as a special screening.
At this year’s festival, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), another of Studio Ghibli’s classic and internationally-lauded films was screened at AEON Cinema THEATUS Chofu across a nine-day period from March 2 to 10. When the credits rolled, there was a huge round of applause from the audience, and subsequent public demand arose for more of the studio’s filmography to be shown at the festival.
Laputa: Castle in the Sky will also be screened for nine days at AEON Cinema THEATUS Chofu. It will be shown at Screen 10 which seats 526, has a 20 metre screen with superior picture quality, and the 4-way ULTIRA sound system. If you’re in Tokyo while it’s screening, don’t miss this chance to see one of Studio Ghibli’s most celebrated works on the big screen.
©1986 Studio Ghibli
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Screening: February 29, 2020 – March 8, 2020
Location: AEON Cinema THEATUS Chofu – Screen 10 (and elsewhere) *All reserved seating
Price: Adults ¥1,100 / Elementary to High School Students ¥1,000 / Infants ¥900
*Discounts, free viewings, and AC tickets not valid for this screening
Tickets: On sale December 23, 2019 on e-Seki Reserve from 00:15 (JST) and at the cinema from 08:00
AEON Cinema THEATUS Chofu Official Website: https://www.aeoncinema.com/cinema/chofu/
Chofu Cinema Festival 2020
Running: February 14, 2020 – March 8, 2020
Venues: Chofu City Cultural Hall Tazukuri, Chofu City Green Hall, AEON Cinema THEATUS Chofu
*More information to be announced from mid-December 2019
Official Website: https://chofucinemafestival.com/
Hayao Miyazaki Designs Giovanni Mirabassi’s Studio Ghibli Music Cover Album Artwork
Giovanni Mirabassi is a Paris-based Italian jazz pianist who is an icon in the world of European jazz. The self-taught piano master has announced that he will release an album featuring covers of famous songs from the Studio Ghibli filmography.
Born in Italy, Mirabassi has been a fan of Japanese animation since he was young, and was particularly fond of films made by internationally renowned and beloved Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli. He released Animessi ~Tenku No Shiro No Laputa Hoka~ in 2015, a cover album centred on movies in the Ghibli franchise. He performed a concert in Japan in the same year which was attended by Ghibli’s legendary director Hayao Miyazaki who had already been a fan of Mirabassi for a long time. After that, Mirabassi continued to keep in touch with the studio, leading the release of yet another cover album.
The album is entitled MITAKA CALLING, and features a skilled ensemble trio who breathe life into the classic hits. The album artwork was designed by Hayao Miyazaki himself, who said: “I enjoy hearing Mirabassi’s piano playing. He embodies freedom and zeal.”
The album will be released in a digipak format with a sleeve case and is coupled with a foldout poster. It will be released on December 18, 2019 and Mirabassi will support its release with a Japan tour in spring 2020. If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli and the films’ enchanting music, then you won’t want to miss this when it drops.
MITAKA CALLING -三鷹の呼聲-
By: Giovanni Mirabassi
Release Date: December 18, 2019
Price: ¥3,700 [COCB-54294]
Giovanni Mirabassi Japan Colombia Website: https://columbia.jp/mirabassi