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Totoro Statue Erected at Bus Stop in Southern Japan

posted on by Egan Loo
Local man builds umbrella-wielding statue from recycled parts

The Nagasaki Shimbun paper reports that a local man erected a Totoro statue next to a bus stop in the city of Sankai in the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Nagasaki. The statue features the giant Totoro creature, wielding an umbrella, from Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro anime film. 43-year-old Yoshiyuki Yamamichi said he crafted the statue out of scrap wood, boat cushioning, and polystyrene "to improve the image of the area." After receiving permission from the bus company, he placed the statue at the bus stop at the end of last month. With the forest backdrop and the statue's faithfulness to a well-known scene in the movie, Yamamichi joked that a neko-bus "might really stop by."

Source: Canned Dogs

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