Totoro’s Home: Japan Crowdfund For Forest…


Totoro’s Home: Japan Crowdfund For Forest…

Totoro’s Home: Japan Crowdfund For Forest…




A city is launching a crowdfunding campaign to help preserve a special spot of woodland: the that the animator of movie “My Neighbour Totoro”.

The city of Tokorozawa outside plans to buy the 3.5-hectare “Totoro Forest” for 2.6 billion yen ($19 million), with crowdfunding covering just a small of that, a city told AFP.

“The area is one of the that (Hayao) Miyazaki developed for Totoro after walking there,” the said, adding that the aims to turn the forest into a nature reserve.

The 1988 animation film from Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli the cuddly but forest spirit Totoro, who has become an recognisable for fans around the .

The forest that inspired his home is about 30 kilometres northwest of Tokyo and has some 7,000 oak trees.

Tokorozawa will ask crowdfunding to 25,000 yen ($185) and in return, they will receive prints of background artwork offered by Studio Ghibli.

An initial 1,000 sets will be available, donors inside Japan, though additional rounds could be organised if there is , the said.

While the campaign will only cover a small portion of the cost of buying the land, the city is hoping it will attention to the forest and support for its preservation.

Miyazaki, who co-founded Studio Ghibli with Isao Takahata, is known for a string of animated hits, including “Spirited Away”, though Totoro is one of his studio’s most beloved .

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