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Studio Ghibli has created the anime fan’s ideal summer travel accessory in the form of these handkerchief / snack sets based on characters from the classic Hayao Miyazaki film My Neighbor Totoro. [click to continue…]

Well, you don’t see stuff like this everyday—a ceramic Japanese-style teacup adorned with images from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. it’s actually quite lovely. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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If you’re going to own chopsticks, you might as well make them Studio Ghibli chopsticks (either that or lightsabers). Plus, there’s a cute little lunch bowl you can buy to go with them. [click to continue…]

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We’ve seen plenty of burgers with black buns, but the official Studio Ghibli burger finally went all black. [click to continue…]

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If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli’s 1989 film Kiki’s Delivery Service, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s a bakery in Japan made just for you.

This fun bakery inspired by the film is pretty darn cute, and it’s jam-packed with tasty pastries. A RocketNews reporter stopped by the bakery (it’s based in Yufuin Floral Village, a shopping complex in the Oita Prefecture of Kyushu) and she snapped some fun pictures of the quaint, European-style bakery and sampled a couple of delicious goodies too.

See more pics below.

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These mugs and boxes from Etsy seller Blue Potion UK Shop are too cute for words. They feature some of our favorites, from ‘The Legend of Zelda’ to ‘Star Wars’ in chibi style.

Check out more examples below.

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I rarely watch commercials. The only one that’s caught my attention lately is the McDonald’s one with Batman and the Joker. But maybe if I paid more attention I’d notice that some commercials can tell a story—like this one from Satsuma Shuzo. The Japan-based liquor company recently released a commercial directed by Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiharu Sato. He’s worked on films such as Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro. This advertisement for sweet potato shochu isn’t quite on that level, but it does present a warm and fuzzy tale about family.

It’s also in Japanese. Anime News Network explains the premise:

In the commercial, the man sees a liquor store that reminds him of home. He finds a glass that looks like one his father used to have, which his father called a shrine to the potato god. As a child, he broke the glass and used all his money to buy a new one with a different drawing, but his dad said he didn’t need it. At the time he thought that, somewhere, the potato god was angry. Now that he brings the new glass back home, though, his dad says he doesn’t need it because he has the glass his son gave him as a child. The text at the end of the video says “the potato god is right here” and “the home town is always new.”

Watch the commercial after the break.

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The creations of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli lend themselves to being re-created in the world of desserts. Characters like Totoro, Catbus, and Kiki are cute and look good on confections – like these cupcakes! These My Neighbor Totoro sweets were made for Westley J. Wong by his girlfiend, and the Totoro, Catbus, and soot sprite designs are simple and perfect.

See the precious Kiki’s Delivery Service cake after the break.

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Soot sprites are cute little creatures that appear in a couple of Studio Ghibli films; you can spot them in Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. Food Fiction came up with a way to translate the sprites to cookie pops, and they couldn’t be more perfect. It requires chocolate sandwich cookies, candy melts, Tootsie Rolls, and a handful of other supplies. The process looks a touch time consuming but just look at the results! I want to turn everything into cookie pops now.

See more pics of the adorable treats after the break.

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Apparently, Studio Ghibli doesn’t follow orthodox interview procedures. One applicant, Yonebayashi, told Livedoor News that at one point in a final interview with Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki he was asked to sharpen a pencil. The pencil and its shavings were collected by the studio at the end of the process. As translated by Kotaku, Yonebayashi says, “It seemed like the test was more like to see whether or not we could correctly do commonplace things.”

But that’s not standard for everyone. It changes from applicant to applicant. One person, for example, was asked to cut a watermelon. I have to admit I’d probably fail that test because I would make a huge mess. I don’t have the first idea about the proper way to cut one. If you ever get to the last round of interviews with Ghibli (assuming they’re still around given their uncertain future), maybe you could take some pre-cut watermelon just in case. And don’t worry if they hand you a mango. We’ve got you covered there.

(via Kotaku, photo by Harsha KR)