‘My Neighbor Totoro’ – when a film leaks into popular culture and makes you covert a Catbus

My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It was been extremely influential in highlighting Japanese animation to a Western audience and has leaked through into popular culture around the world.

The story revolves around two girls and their encounters with wood spirits in the forest near their home in postwar rural Japan. One of which is the iconic Totoro.

my neighbour totoro

I haven’t seen My Neighbor Totoro but I am aware of it due to the sheer number of cultural leaks – and my sibling sending me pictures of real live Catbus examples from the streets of Japan.

Both Totoro and Catbus are rather distinctive – with Catbus in particular being both fantastically fun and really really scary. I’ve heard that Totora is as popular in Japan as Winnie-the-Pooh is in Great Britain but Winnie never looked like this:

my neighbour totoro catbus

I stumbled across some Totoro nail art today, when looking for Japanese nails, which were gorgeously minimalist:


(Photo from Tumblr)

It made me wonder what else was out there – like cake, Catbus does look like he might want to eat your soul and somehow that makes it all the more fun!


(Photo from CelebrateWithCake)

Or Bento lunchboxes gone wild


(Photo from FlickRiver)

So I concluded that some days the world would be a much cooler place if only you had a Catbus


(Photo from BrickShelf)

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