This Elderly Japanese Surprised Their Grandchildren By Creating A Full-Size Totoro Bus Stop
My Neighbor Totoro is probably one the most famous animated films to ever come out of Japan. The 1988 movie, written by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli, features a giant spirit named Totoro, that has become a beloved character of many children (and adults) all over the world. Inspired by this iconic character, one elderly Japanese couple from Takahuru, Miyazaki decided to surprise their grandchildren by creating a full-size replica of the bus stop scene from the movie – and it soon became a popular tourist attraction!
See how the Totoro bus stop was created in the gallery below!
Inspired by My Neighbor Totoro, an elderly Japanese couple built a full-size replica of the bus stop scene
The grandfather built the giant sculpture from scratch
The sculpture took multiple layers of concrete to complete
Here’s the sculpture about halfway through
The sculpture was surrounded by a layer of bricks to give it some strength
Then came the decoration part
And here’s the final product!
Looks like the grandchildren couldn’t be more happy
Not long after the bus stop was built, it became a popular tourist attraction
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People from all over Japan flock to Takahuru just to have their picture taken
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Make sure to stop by the next time you’re visiting Japan!
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