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Studio Ghibli Pop-Up at JapanLA!

Jiji Jondee here at Howl’s Moving Castle!,

JapanLA today, photo by the author.

It was Kawaii Time at JapanLA on 7320 Melrose Ave. today! It was the Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up & Opening Party at JapanLA! The event was only for today and ticketed for 800 people. This being so, I made the early trip at 6 a.m. before the 10:30 opening. It is always fun to talk to a group in line for such long waits. The lines went down the street and reportedly around the block. The line was full of Studio Ghibli fans, some cosplaying, and we were gifted with Totoro buttons. It looked like they ran out of 800 tickets by noon.

Totoro and Jiji, photo by the author.

The shop was full of Studio Ghibli merch; stuffies, posters, DVDs, books, the exclusive JapanLA x Totoro jacket, and enamel pins! There was a special free pin of the Blue and White Totoros that were given away for purchases of $30 and more. In the back of the store, was a free photo op which was a green screen to put fans into a group pic of all of the characters from the anime film; the Catbus, Mei and her sister Satsuki, Totoro and Blue Totoro! The Studio Ghibli fun continues with the Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 which starts tomorrow with My Neighbor Totoro! This will screen on Sunday, June 25th and Monday, June 26th. The next film will be Kiki’s Delivery Service! Check Fathom Events for more information. “And you’ll be with To-to-ro, Totoro! To-to-ro, Totoro!”


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