Even if you haven’t seen the 1988 Miyazaki film, “My Neighbor Totoro,” you are probably familiar with this adorable woodland spirit.
“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?
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!
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.
This is “mini Totoro.” As the baby of the group, he is definitely the most kawaii.
Totoros have made appearances in:
– Kiki’s Delivery Service
– Whisper of the Heart
– Toy Story 3
– South Park
4. Cat Bus
“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
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
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:
2nd Place Prize:
3rd Place Prize: