Besides loading up on some fantastic Totoro merchandize during my recent visit to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, I was also lucky enough to catch the “View From Totoro’s Cat Bus” ( Neko Basu Kara Mita Fukei Ten ) exhibition that was on show. No photography was allowed inside the exhibition, but the exhibition booklet that was on sale has some excellent pictures.
The exhibition takes you through some exquisitely constructed live-sized sets of the most memorable scenes from select Ghibli films including My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and How’s Moving Castle.
(above) The exhibition poster at the main museum entrance. (below) Certainly the highlight of the exhibition has to be the gigantic, larger than life Cat Bus. There’s another Cat Bus on permanent display (meant strictly for kids though ) somewhere else in the museum, but this one is is actually big enough to sit adults.
(above and below) Familiar scenes from My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away.
(above) The exhibition booklet ( 600 Yen I think ), on sale only in Ghibli Museum. The exhibition will be on till May 2012, so if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo in the coming months you know where to be. :]