All About Totoro (& Wandering Totoro Contest!)


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Even if you haven’t seen the 1988 Miyazaki film, “My Neighbor Totoro,” you are probably familiar with this adorable woodland spirit.

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“My Neighbor Totoro” was a flop when it was released.
It didn’t become popular until Totoro toys were released!

 

But who are all those Totoros?

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1. O-totoro

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This Totoro is the biggest. His name literally means “Big totoro.” He is the first of the woodland spirits that the sisters, Mei and Satsuki, meet in the film. Due to his size, he is able to protect the girls from harm. 

He is also the Studio Ghibli mascot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Chu-totoro

 

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This Totoro’s name means “medium-sized Totoro.” He has the likable and agreeable middle-child nature. 

 

This Totoro lives with his family in a shinboku, a sacred tree according to Shinto religion.

 

 

 

3. Chibi-totoro

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This is “mini Totoro.” As the baby of the group, he is definitely the most kawaii. 

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Totoros have made appearances in:

– Kiki’s Delivery Service

– Whisper of the Heart

– Toy Story 3

– South Park

 

4. Cat Bus

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“Neko basu” is Japanese for “Cat Bus.” This famous cat character is a bake neko. According to Japanese legend,  if a cat grows old enough it will get shape-shifting powers. Neko basu helps find Mei when she goes missing.

 

 

 

 

5. Soot sprite 

 

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Did you miss this little guy? It’s a soot sprite! These cute creatures eat konpeito and are the smallest member of the “My Neighbor Totoro” cast of magical creatures! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wandering Totoro Contest

 

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Introduce your Totoro to the world!

Take a picture of your new friend (included in June’s crate) at a place that represents where you live or what you like to do. Hashtag us #japancrate and #wanderingtotoro on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We’ll select the top most creative pictures and open up community voting to select three winners.

 

All submissions due by June 25th. Contest is exclusive to June subscribers.

 

Attention international customers: Didn’t receive your Totoro in time? Watch your email for a printable Totoro that you can use to enter!

 

Sweet prizes include:

 

1st Place Prize:

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2nd Place Prize:

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3rd Place Prize:

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We’re excited to see your pictures! ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ

24 Comments
  1. So I uploaded a picture of my totoro to twitter but it’s not showing up under either tag and I double checked everything. Can you guys verify that you got it so I know I’m in the totoro contest?

    1. Hey Kayla, it looks like there’s only one submission on Twitter so far. Be sure that your photo/account isn’t set private because we can’t see those. If you have a Facebook or Instagram you can post it there as well. Just be sure to hashtag #wanderingtotoro and #japancrate!

  2. I was wondering if it would be better to submit the picture for the contest on the Japan crate page on Facebook (since I don’t have a twitter or instagram) or should I just post it as a status?

  3. Dose the Totoro have to be one of these specific ones or can we use our own? And if it has to be one of these can we still get one?

    1. Hey Jennifer,

      You’d need to have one of June’s Totoros in order to enter. If you didn’t get a June crate don’t worry, we have more fun contests planned for next month too!

  4. If I purchase a crate for the month and I happen to win the contest is there anyway to get my money back for the crate I had bought?

  5. I couldn’t make the subscription this month, and I’m really bummed about missing a totoro since I’m a huge ghibli fan… Would y’all consider doing like a past crate order idea with older extra crates in the future?

  6. Does it need to be a totorro bought from this site? Or can I use totoro figures i already have at home?

  7. Hi Japan Crate!
    I want to know if the picture has to be an original by us. I was just double checking. Loved the June crate thanks<3

  8. Peaple are voting for me but it says thay cant is there a reason why cuz everyone that tryes it says that it is cansaled can you help ?