Grandparents Make Cute Totoro Bus Stop

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In Kyushu, Japan, a married couple wanted to celebrate turning seventy the best way possible: with a giant Totoro.

Turning seventy years old in Japan is koki (古希), the word referring to the fact that in the past the milestone was rarer than today. To mark the birthday, the couple wanted to do something for their grandchild and other children.

The grandfather has worked as a plasterer for fifty years and decided to put those skills to use, creating a cement version of the Studio Ghibli character from My Neighbor Totoro.


As the town of Takahara explains (via My Modern Net), it’s possible to visit the sculpture. There are even now three parking spaces, making it’s easier to access the Totoro.


The sculpture is on private property, so visitors should definitely be on their best behavior.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Although it won’t be as magical as it would have been a few years back for me.  My youngest son was a hard baby to get to sleep at night for many months.  One night we watched Totoro as a family and half way through he just drifted off to sleep in our arms without a fuss and we saw its magic power.  For the next two years, I watched it almost every night to get him to sleep.   He always fell asleep right around Mei falls asleep on Totoro’s big belly.