Western culture is rich with iconic characters like Cinderella, the Snow Queen, and Snow White. But there’s so much more to be discovered when it comes to animation classics from the other side of the globe. And one name that says it all—Studio Ghibli, the Japanese equivalent of Disney, is the home to the most beloved creatures ever brought to life on a screen. One of them stands as a national symbol with a cult following.
You’ve probably heard of Totoro already. He is a big, cuddly, furry monster inspired by the legendary creatures from Ainu folktales called the Koropokkuru. Japanese folklore has been a source of inspiration for many, including one lovely elderly couple from Takahuru, Miyazaki in Japan. The 70-year-olds constructed a hand-made replica of the big animated boy, and it’s now a part of the Totoro-themed bus stop. No wonder people are pouring from all corners of the country of the rising sun just to take a picture with it.
Below is the evidence that not only cameras, but also the community can’t resist Totoro’s charm!
Totoro, a furry character with a cult following, has a new home at this Japanese bus stop and everyone loves it
This creative grandpa showed his excellent construction skills when making Totoro from scratch
It’s time for layers upon layers of concrete
Everyone involved seemed to be enjoying the process
Say “cheese,” big boy—not much is left!
Then, Totoro was given some extra layers of bricks to make it all round and chubby
After the sun goes down, the playful furry monster starts looking mysterious
Totoro is standing tall and happy with his creators
Their granddaughter is spirited away with joy!
What started as a surprise for the elderly couple’s grandchildren became an instant hit in the neighborhood
Totoro’s bus stop is now the hottest tourist attraction in the area
…and more people came to visit this big boy!
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Totoro, could you spare some posing tips?
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