As we get ready to head into spring, stores around Japan are beginning to blossom (yes, pun intended) with sakura-themed goodies to help get us into the spirit of the flower-viewing season.
One of those stores is Donguri no Kyowakoku (“Acorn Republic”), a retail chain dedicated to selling official Studio Ghibli merchandise, and this year they’re treating us to a special My Neighbour Totoro Sakura series. Take a look at the pretty visual for this series!
First up in the series is a tote bag, priced at 2,700 yen (US$24.42), which comes covered in pink-and-white petals. The fluttering petal design sees Totoro being joined by some soot sprites and a smaller blue Totoro pal, against a pale blue background that resembles the sky on a clear spring day.
There’s also a matching pouch for 1,800 yen, which can be used to store items like makeup or stationery.
Next up in the range is an adorable pink-trimmed handkerchief (1,000 yen), which has Totoro sitting in the middle of a flurry of sakura petals, joined by a medium-sized Totoro and three smaller Totoro in the corners. I don’t know about you, but I’d never use this to wipe anything. I’d keep it in pristine condition. You know, for collection’s sake.
This photo frame(2,600 yen) features Totoro, a couple of soot sprites, and some smaller Totoro friends. I mean, you can never have too many Totoro friends, right? With tiny Totoro peeking out from the blooms on the frame itself, this is an adorable item that can be used to display your hanami picnic pictures year after year.
The paper envelopes, which come in a pack of three for 350 yen, are designed to be used for gifts of money, usually given out at this time of year to congratulate students on their graduation or entrance ceremonies. Well, I’m a little too old for this but getting some money to get my hands on these goodies would really help… *ahem*
Rounding off the new six-piece range is this adorable ornament (1,800 yen), which shows Totoro enjoying the cherry blossoms while showing off his signature grin.
The entire collection is currently available to purchase at Donguri Kyowakoku stores across the country and also online.
Like many of this year’s sakura–themed goods, this Ghibli merchandise collection is only available for a limited time, so be sure to pick them up while you can. And if you’re overseas, you can always try a forwarding service to get these goods delivered to your door!