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!