Jun 10, 2019

The friendly neighborhood Catbus

The friendly neighborhood Catbus photo

For the past three years I occasionally drive by this neighborhood Catbus with Totoro figurines on the way to a friend's house. Its on the side of a road in what seems to be a public space, but it might be part of somebody's garden. Yesterday, was the first time I had the opportunity to take a photo of it, as there were no cars behind me. (There is nowhere to pull in to take a photo).

It is made from some sort of grass. It looks best in the summer and autumn. In winter, its just the meshing they used to shape the vegetation into the character Catbus. I have no idea who made and maintains it. Similarly, I have know idea how they made it, but I appreciate it and it always makes me smile.

Catbus is a character from the Ghibli movie My neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki. You can often see Catbus art pieces and features in public museums and galleries. And you can buy Catbus soft toys and paraphernalia in novelty shops and Donguri Republic, a chain store that specializes in Studio Ghibli merchandise. 

Have you any random character art in your neighborhood? Anything from Ghibli?



Level 8 LocalGuide with Google. Blogging about life in Japan as an Irish WAHM to 4 kids on insaitama.com.


  • edthethe

    on Jun 21

    that is AMAZING!

  • Saitama

    on Jun 21

    @edthethe I love all the fun and random things you can find in Japan.