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Oh My Goodness, These Trees Look Like Totoro

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If you've seen the Studio Ghibli anime, you are certainly familiar with Totoro. Did you know there are several trees in Japan that resemble the iconic character?

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Located in the village of Sakegawa in Yamagata Prefecture, the above tree is nicknamed "The Totoro Tree" (トトロの木 or Totoro no Ki). It's a cedar tree that is apparently over a thousand years old.

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The legend goes that if couples visit the tree, which is officially known as "kosugi no ohsugi" (giant cedar tree of Magarigawa), and hold hands underneath it, they will have a child.

Here's a look inside the foliage, so you can see how amazing the Totoro tree is.

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There's another Totoro tree in Yamagata Prefecture, but it's located in Yonezawa City. Called "Totoro's Woods" (トトロの森 or Totoro no Mori), this isn't a single tree, but a few Japanese cedars and a broadleaf tree. The result is another leafy green Totoro.

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At the base of this Totoro, there's even a Shinto shrine.

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Ive seen that character like at every anime shop and when i finally decide to watch it, i get to experience the joy of irritating whiny little girls and a cat that doesnt really do anything.. i dont know who VA the youngest of the sisters but she ruined it for me