Western culture is rich with famous 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 anime characters ever brought to life on a screen. One of these popular anime creations 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 animate movie character, 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 famous anime softie.

Below is the evidence that not only cameras but also the community can’t resist taking a photo with a cartoon character in real life!

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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A blast from the past—Totoro became a hit after the movie My Neighbor Totoro aired in 1988

Let’s see how Totoro’s bus stop looks from a bird’s-eye view

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