Without a doubt, one of the best films created by Studio Ghibli is My Neighbor Totoro. The film tells the story of two girls who move into a house to be closer to their hospitalized mother.
Although it was released in 1988, the film is still attractive to young and old, as well as much admired, so much so that there are hundreds of products for collectors and even a house identical to that of Satsuki and Mei for fans to visit.
You can now visit Totoro’s house.
The house is in Nagakute, Japan is an exact replica of the film inside and out. It was built as part of the 2005 World’s Fair. That year the theme of the event, which lasts 185 days, was “The Wisdom of Nature.” The large-scale house was the one that stood out the most and became a crowd favorite.
The interior is very well thought out.
The house has even the smallest details: there is the teapot, the glasses and even the magazines seen in the living room of the film.
The house has the father’s study room.
This room is full of books and all kinds of papers; even the lamp shade is tilted, to give it more realism. The property was designed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, a film director, who is a fan of the film. Although its design is accurate and very good, due to copyright issues, Totoro’s image may not appear on the spot.
Interiors recreate Japanese life from the 1950s
The windows and walls are a vivid image of the animated film and very well reflect home life from the mid to late 1950s. Visitors to the home can freely explore every corner of the place and open the shelves, drawers, and furniture, just like the sisters did in the movie; however, there are a few rules about taking photos or moving some objects.
There is also a well, outside the house.
Yes, just like in the movie, water comes out. If one day, after the quarantine ends, you want to visit the house, you should first make sure to make a reservation, only then can you feel the magic of Totoro.