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2.1-Meter-Tall Pine-Cone Totoro Unveiled in Japan (Updated)

posted on 2009-01-05 23:43 EST
100-kilogram figure made from 10,000 pine-cones

Not-So-Daily Link of 2008 III: Here is one of the stories that fell through the cracks in 2008.

On November 29, a Japanese shopping center unveiled a 2.1-meter-tall (7-feet-tall) statue of the title character of Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro film — made of 10,000 pine cones. The Aeon Ayagawa Shopping Center is located the town of Ayagawa in the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Kagawa. The figure is part of a promotional event for the timber industry of Kagawa and the neighboring prefecture of Tokushima. The figure measures 3.6 meters (12 feet) around the waist and weighs 100 kilograms (220 pounds). It took 10 shopping center employees and volunteers two months to assemble the pine cones around the wire-and-bamboo frame.

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

Update: The third-party website GhibliWorld.com notes that Hayao Miyazaki celebrated his 68th birthday on Monday.


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