Totoro FAQ Part 2

Where did the story take place? In Tokorozawa City, Saitama prefecture. Miyazaki lives in Tokorozawa, which is now a bedroom community of Tokyo. Tokorozawa used to be a farming community, surrounded by Sayama Kyuuryou (Sayama Hills). There are still some natural areas left, and there is a group of people who are trying to preserve…

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Totoro FAQ Part 1

What is Totoro? He has been called many things from “a giant furry thing” to “a rabbit-like spirit”. Basically, he is a spirit of the forest. Totoro is not a traditional Japanese character: he came completely from Miyazaki’s imagination. The name “Totoro” comes from Mei mispronouncing (she has a tendency to do so, though it…

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Hayao Miyazaki and Totoro

Hayao Miyazaki – Father of Totoro

He is sometimes called the “Walt Disney of Japan”, but he hates that title. Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to introduce…

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