Statistically, the last thing your grandparents gave you was either a silver dollar taped on a birthday card, a ten year old piece of hard candy, or very outdated advice on cooking meat. Not the case for a couple of cute kids in Japan who entered the Peepaw and Meemaw lotteries when their grandparents devoted their ample free time to erecting a statue for childhood nostalgia.
Not so well hidden in the village of Takaharu in Miyazaki Prefecture is a giant, wide-eyed folklore animal. What is it doing there? Waiting for a cat bus. Studio Ghibli fans will instantly recognize it as the main furry stain of the 1
And since the most popular anime character of all time has a few more fans than his grandchildren (roughly the entire world population), this Totoro has become a tourist attraction. So much so that the elderly couple now have an iconic red umbrella nearby and loan it out to all of the farmers on Instagram Like.