Totoro and Kiki merchandise make this a great start to the year.
One of the things we love about Japanese New Year is the chance to get our hands on as many fukubukuro lucky grab bags as possible, and one that’s always on the top of our wish list comes from Donguri Kyowakoku.
The store, which means “Acorn Republic” in English, is famous for selling official Studio Ghibli merchandise, and at New Year they stuff their lucky bags with so many goodies that it’s always great value for money.
And to add to the fun, you can never be too sure what treasure lies inside, as the contents often differ from bag to bag, so it really is the luck of the grab on New Year’s Day!
We picked up a 3,000 yen (US$27.56) bag, and this is what we found inside:
・Kikis’ Delivery Service blanket
・My Neighbour Totoro towel – small
・My Neighbour Totoro towel – large
・Cat Bus Aluminium Lunch Box
・Notepads x 6
・My Neighbour Totoro coin purse pouch
・My Neighbour Totoro clear shitajiki
・Mary and the Witch’s Flower keyring
That’s a total of eight Ghibli goods for just 3,000 yen! As always, an incredible once-a-year deal and there was nothing here we didn’t like or wouldn’t use, especially the Kiki blanket, with cute images of Jiji, which we threw on our lap straight away.
Another item we were sure to use every day in the office was this set of adorable little notepads, featuring characters from some of our favourite Ghibli films.