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This newly revealed Studio Ghibli fact is both mind-blowing and depressing

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  • Studio Ghibli revealed some surprising secrets behind their 1988 film “My Neighbor Totoro” during last week’s screening on Nippon TV’s “Kino Roadshow.”
  • Ghibli movies are broadcast every Friday night during the summer months as part of the station’s programming, and the animation studio takes the time to divulge secrets behind them on Twitter.

Studio Ghibli recently revealed some surprising secrets behind their 1988 film “My Neighbor Totoro.” 

Details emerged last week during Nippon TV’s “Kinyo Roadshow,” where Studio Ghibli movies are aired every Friday night during the summer months. The screenings have become more of a mixed-media event over the years, with the animation studio divulging information about the movie via their Twitter account as it is being aired and allowing fans to answer trivia questions. 

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki classic to become a protected preserve

  • On June 2, Tokorozawa, Japan, Mayor Masato Fujimoto declared that the city would be preserving Totoro's forest.
  • Totoro no Mori, or Totoro's forest, is a forest located in Sayama Hills. The forest was the main source of inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s 1998 film, “My Neighbor Totoro.”
  • The project is expected to cost 2.6 billion yen (approximately $19.35 million) and cover the 8.6-acre forest.
  • The funds will be provided through city funds, crowdfunding, Miyazaki’s personal contributions and donations by Studio Ghibli.

Totoro no Mori, the Japanese forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli film “My Neighbor Totoro,” will become a protected nature preserve.

The forest where protagonist sisters Satsuki and Mei first meet Totoro in the movie is modeled after Totoro no Mori, as is the town where they live.

Cedar tree in Japan bears uncanny resemblance to Totoro from Studio Ghibli’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

TOTORO TREE
  • Kosugi no Osugi (The Great Cedar of Kosugi), known by locals and visitors as the Totoro Tree, has been gaining a strong following online thanks to its striking resemblance to Totoro from Studio Ghibli’s 1988 film “My Neighbor Totoro.”
  • The “double-eared” cedar tree is 20 meters (approximately 65.62 feet) tall and can be found in the rural town of Sakegawa in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.
  • “There was a forest where it looks like you can meet Totoro,” Japanese photographer Yamadayama wrote in a tweet on Friday highlighting the tree.

A “double-eared” cedar tree in Japan has been gaining a strong following online thanks to its striking resemblance to the ever-so-cuddly forest spirit Totoro, a character from Studio Ghibli’s 1988 film “My Neighbor Totoro.”

Kosugi no Osugi (The Great Cedar of Kosugi), affectionately known by locals and visitors as the Totoro Tree, is 20 meters (approximately 65.62 feet) tall and can be found in the rural town of Sakegawa in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

Studio Ghibli theme park announces ticket prices and online reservation procedure

  • The Studio Ghibli theme park in Japan, currently under construction, announced its admission ticket prices and online reservation procedures on Friday. 
  • The Hill of Youth, Dondoko Forest and Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse museum-like attractions will be the park’s first sections to open.
  • Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will cost 2,000 yen (about $15) for adults and 1,000 yen (about $8) for children during weekdays.
  • During the weekends, Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will be slightly more expensive at a price of 2,500 yen (about $19) for adults and 1,250 yen ( about $10) for children. 
  • Dondoko Forest and Hill of Youth will cost 1,000 yen (about $8) for adults and 500 yen (about $4) for children.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance through Ghibli's online reservation system, and the ticket will only be valid for the selected reservation date.
  • Although the entire theme park will not be ready, the first three areas are set to open on Nov. 1.

The Studio Ghibli theme park, which is currently under construction in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, announced on Friday ticket prices for its first three sections as well as its online reservation policy. 

Although the theme park is set to open on Nov. 1, only three sections will be open to the public. This includes the museum-like Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse; Dondoko Forest, the location of Mei and Satsuki’s house in “My Neighbor Totoro;” and Hill of Youth, which will feature locations seen in “Whisper of the Heart” and “The Cat Returns.”

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ gets London stage play adaptation produced by Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi

My Neighbor Totoro stage play
  • Studio Ghibli and Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company are bringing Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 animated feature film “My Neighbor Totoro” to the stage starting on October 8.
  • The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks at The Barbican Theatre in London until Jan. 21, 2023.
  • Renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi will serve as the stage play’s executive producer and will collaborate with playwright Tom Morton-Smith, stage director Phelim McDermott and set designer Tom Pye, among others.
  • Hisaishi, who has composed several iconic scores for Studio Ghibli films such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away,” shared that Miyazaki only agreed to bring the classic anime to the world of theater if the composer was involved in the project.
  • “I was involved with the original animation film, and so I feel strongly about not harming the film,” the Japanese composer said.
  • Set in Japan in the 1950s, “My Neighbor Totoro” follows the story of two young siblings who move from Tokyo to the countryside. There, they meet several spirits and magical creatures, including the ancient protector of the forest who they call Totoro.

The beloved 1988 Studio Ghibli classic “My Neighbor Totoro” is coming to the stage in London this October with the blessing of its legendary creator, Hayao Miyazaki.

Set to make its debut at The Barbican Theatre in London on October 8, the stage adaptation of “My Neighbor Totoro” is being developed by Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in partnership with Studio Ghibli. The new adaptation, which is produced in collaboration with Nippon TV and English theater company Improbable, will run for 15 weeks until Jan. 21, 2023.

Anonymous visitor to Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum leaves a special gift for Totoro at the ticket booth

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  • A special gift was left behind for the ticket booth “employee” Totoro at Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum.
  • The Ghibli Museum posted to its official Twitter page to share photos of the gift on Wednesday.
  • The visitor, whose identity is unknown, secretly left four little acorns wrapped inside a bundle of leaves, similar to the bundle that the fictional character Totoro gives Mei and Satsuki in the Studio Ghibli animated film “My Neighbor Totoro.”.
  • Japanese Twitter users expressed their delight by flooding the comments section with “Suteki!” meaning “Lovely!” in Japanese.

An anonymous visitor to Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum awarded the ticket booth “employee” Totoro for his hard work with a secret gift of four little acorns wrapped in a bundle of leaves.

When entering the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, visitors are greeted by a giant plush Totoro sitting behind the ticket booth. 

China Finally Gets Official Screening of ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ After 30 Years

My Neighbor Totoro

After 30 years, Japanese anime fans in China will finally be able to watch classic masterpiece, “My Neighbor Totoro,” made by Studio Ghibli and its legendary director, Hayao Miyazaki.

“My Neighbor Totoro,” which was first released in theaters in 1988, recently took the Chinese box office by storm finishing second place right after the James Wan-directed live-action DC movie “Aquaman.”

Fans Have a Dark Theory Behind the Story of Totoro

Does your Totoro plushy look a bit shabby as of late? Maybe the reason is because it’s been 30 years since the lovable forest spirit hit the anime scene thanks to Hayao Miyazaki and the Studio Ghibli team.

Released in 1988, “My Neighbor Totoro,” the film about an enigmatic yet cuddly forest spirit who watches over the young and innocent protagonist sisters Satsuki and Mei, feels as timeless as ever, with countless enthusiasts of the classic animated feature all over the world.

Studio Ghibli Watches Celebrating Totoro’s 30th Anniversary Are Seriously Adorable

Japanese watchmaker Seiko has released a new line of casual watches especially made for Studio Ghibli fans.

The collection features eight watches carrying four designs from “My Neighbor Totoro” and another four from “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” Both films, directed by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, are animated classics beloved by audiences worldwide.

Japanese Artist’s Stunning Instagram Brings Food From Hayao Miyazaki’s Films to Life

Meals in anime movies can look quite mouthwatering, and you can’t help but wonder how they would taste like in real life, especially with the colorful presentation and delightful combination of food.

Luckily, a female Japanese food artist, En93kitchen, decided to recreate some anime meals, bringing to life some of the food seen in movies created by Studio Ghibli and legendary Japanese director, Hayao Miyazaki, according to Bored Panda.