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- This band is for all Totoro fans!!!! Totoro is the big cuddly thing from My Neighbor Totoro, a Hayao Miyazaki animation.
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The main Totoro has become a mascot for Studio Ghibli, gracing the studio's logo at the start of their films.
There is a real park in Higashimurayama, Tokyo and Tokorozawa, Saitama named Hachikokuyama which was used as the inspiration for the mountain where Satsuki and Mei's mother was hospitalized.
Matsugo, the area where Mei and Satsuki live, is a real district of Tokorozawa, Saitama.
When the Catbus is about to take Mei and Satsuki to the hospital, the destination sign displays several real locations in Tokorozawa. In the final display, the final character for 七国山病院 appears upside-down.
Asteroid 10160 has been named "Totoro" by Takao Kobayashi. The name was approved by the International Astronomical Union.
The 2005 World Expo in Japan featured a "Totoro" house, a recreation of Satsuki and Mei's house in the movie.
Ken Jennings, the winner of the most games in the history of the TV game show Jeopardy!, carries a small plush "Totoro" figure in his pocket for good luck.
The track "Kaze No Toorimichi" from the My Neighbor Totoro soundtrack was arranged and used in the videogame Goemon's Great Adventure (for Nintendo 64). It is played in the Mokeke Forest stage and its name is "Tororo-kun Is My Neighbor".
When the Catbus jumps from the power lines toward Mei you can see that he has testicles. This may be related to the later Studio Ghibli film, Pom Poko.
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Satsuki Kusakabe (草壁皐月 Kusakabe Satsuki) An 11-year-old girl. Satsuki is the traditional name of the fifth month of the Japanese calendar, the equivalent of the English May.
Mei Kusakabe (草壁メイ Kusakabe Mei) Satsuki's four-year-old sister. Her name deliberately echoes her sister's, reflecting the fact that the story originally featured one girl, who was then divided into an older and younger sister. (The widely-distributed promotional image for the film of a girl standing next to Totoro at a bus stop reflects the earlier conception with a single child.)
Tatsuo Kusakabe (草壁達夫 Kusakabe Tatsuo) The girls' father, who works in the archaeology and anthropology departments of a Tokyo university.
Yasuko Kusakabe (草壁靖子 Kusakabe Yasuko) The girls' mother, recovering from an unnamed illness (confirmed by Miyazaki as being tuberculosis) at Shichikokuyama Hospital, which is noted for its tuberculosis treatment program. (Miyazaki's mother had tuberculosis when he was a boy.)
Totoro (トトロ) A grey, friendly forest spirit at least three meters tall. Totoro is Mei's mispronunciation of torōru the Japanese pronunciation of troll as a loanword. There are two similar, smaller creatures in the film, also referred to as totoro; the big grey Totoro is named "Ō-Totoro", or "Miminzuku", the middle is "Chū-Totoro", or "Zuku", and the smallest is "Chibi-Totoro", or "Mini". (These names do not appear in the film itself, but are used in ancillary materials.)
Kanta Ōgaki (大垣寛太 Ōgaki Kanta) A preteen boy of their village, ambivalent towards Satsuki. This character resembles Miyazaki in his fondness for cartoons and airplanes.
"Granny" or Nanny (お祖母ちゃん Obaachan) Kanta's grandmother, who sometimes takes care of the girls.
Catbus (猫バス Nekobasu) A house cat that undergoes a metamorphosis into a passenger bus, based on the Japanese belief that if a cat grows old enough, it gains magical shape-changing powers, and is called a bake neko.  Bake neko are mentioned in several Ghibli films.
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In the 1950s, a Tokyo university professor and his two daughters move into an old house in rural Japan, so as to be closer to the hospital where his wife is recovering from an illness. The daughters find that the house is inhabited by tiny animated dust creatures called soot sprites, which their father rationalizes as makkurokurosuke — an optical illusion seen when moving from light to dark places. (These creatures are referred to as "dust bunnies" and "soot spirits" in the 1993 English dub; in the Disney version, they are variously called "soot gremlins" or "soot sprites". In the English subtitles of the first Japanese-language version to find its way to America, they were "Black Soots".)
When Mei, the younger daughter, plays outside the house, she discovers two small magical creatures, which lead her into the hollow of a large Camphor Laurel tree. There she meets and befriends a large version of the same kind of spirit, which identifies itself by a series of roars she interprets as "Totoro". Her father later tells her that this is the "keeper of the forest".
One rainy night, while the girls are waiting for their father's bus, Satsuki encounters Totoro herself for the first time. Since he is looking rather forlorn with only a leaf on his head for protection against the rain, Satsuki offers him the umbrella she had taken along for her father. Totoro is delighted at both the shelter and the sounds made upon it by falling raindrops. The girls receive in return a bundle of nuts and seeds. A bus-shaped giant cat halts at the stop, and Totoro boards it, taking the umbrella.
The girls plant the seeds, but they don't sprout for a few days. One night, they awaken at midnight to find Totoro and his two miniature colleagues engaged in a ritual dance around the planted nuts and seeds. The girls join in, whereupon the seeds sprout and then grow into an enormous tree. Totoro then takes his colleagues and the girls for a ride on a magical flying top. In the morning, the girls find that there is no tree in their yard, but that the seeds have indeed sprouted.
The final encounter with Totoro in the film occurs when Mei, distraught when she learns that their mother's visit home has been canceled due to an apparent worsening of her condition, (a suspicion which proves to be unfounded), sets off on foot to the hospital and gets lost. Desperate to find her sister, Satsuki returns to the camphor laurel tree and pleads for Totoro's help. Delighted to be of assistance, he summons the Catbus, which rescues Mei and whisks her and Satsuki over the countryside to see their mother in the hospital. When the Catbus departs, it fades away from the girls' sight.
The closing credits feature scenes of Satsuki and Mei playing with other human children, with Totoro and his friends as unseen bystanders. Miyazaki has asserted that the girls would never see Totoro again, but that the spirits would always be watching over them.
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