LOOK: Sweetest Japanese Couple Built a Life-Size Totoro for Their Grandchildren

In a small town in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, a lovely elderly couple decided to recreate the magic of one of Studio Ghibli’s most popular films, and built a life-size Totoro statue from scratch—just for the enjoyment of their grandchildren. The story and photos of the site went viral after a Miyazaki travel website posted about it online. And look, how kawaii!

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Popular fictional character Totoro rose to fame after the Japanese animated film “My Neighbor Totoro” by Studio Ghibli came out in 1988. Totoro stole the hearts of people all over the world, and since then, the gentle giant has become an iconic character that is beloved by many until now.

The now viral Totoro replica can be found in the town of Takaharu, Kyushu, in Miyazaki Prefecture. It is situated at a bus stop, just like from that iconic scene in the movie!

My Neighbor Totoro Totoro statue Miyazaki Japan

Image: My Neighbor Totoro (Studio Ghibli, 1988)

Here are photos of how the Totoro statue in Miyazaki was built. Auntie and uncle showing some great handiwork skills right there!

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Finally, when it was finished, the lovely couple showed their labor of love to their grandchildren, and here are their photos together.

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Since the statue was unveiled, tourists have flocked to the site, hoping to get a photo op with everyone’s favorite Totoro.

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

Life-size Totoro statue, Takaharu Town, Miyazaki Japan - My Neighbor Totoro location

Photo: Miyazaki.fool.jp

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