Enjoy hanami flower viewing with some famous anime wood sprites this year.
As we get ready to head into spring, stores around Japan are beginning to blossom with sakura-themed treats to help get us into the spirit of the flower-viewing season.
One of those stores is Donguri no Kyowakoku (“Acorn Republic”), a retail chain dedicated to selling official Studio Ghibli merchandise, and this year they’re treating us to a special My Neighbour Totoro Sakura series.
▼ The new collection features Totoro, surrounded by sakura blooms and petals, holding a cherry blossom.
First up in the series is a tote bag, priced at 2,700 yen (US$24.42), which comes covered in pink-and-white petals. The fluttering petal design sees Totoro being joined by some soot sprites and a smaller blue Totoro pal, against a pale blue background that resembles the sky on a clear spring day.
There’s also a matching pouch for 1,800 yen, which can be used to store items like makeup or stationery.
Next up in the range is an adorable pink-trimmed handkerchief (1,000 yen), which has Totoro sitting in the middle of a flurry of sakura petals, joined by a medium-sized Totoro and three smaller Totoro in the corners.
The photo frame (2,600 yen) features Totoro, a couple of soot sprites, and some smaller Totoro friends. With tiny Totoro peeking out from the blooms on the frame itself, this is an adorable item that can