Studio Ghibli has brought back its popular Totoro, Kiki and Howl Moving Castle-themed suncatcher line for 2024.
Available through Ghibli’s online store, Donguri Sora, these stunning stained glass sunshades depict iconic flying scenes from My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle. According to the website description, each product features a die-cut stained glass style design and includes an accompanying “Makkurokurosuke” talisman and colored faux gems that move around when the wind blows. Priced individually and including tax, each suncatcher costs 4,400 yen (about $29.69 at the time of writing).
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Ghibli’s “Windy City” series of sun-kissed films celebrates the beauty of flight — a prominent motif in almost every film by Ghibli co-founder director Hayao Miyazaki. As attentive Ghibli fans will notice, the scene in My Neighbor Totoro features the beloved scene where Satsuki and Mei jump onto the spirit’s giant belly and ride it across the night sky. The attached charm depicts the iconic soot motifs, which also appeared in Miyazaki’s 2001 film Spirited Away. Meanwhile, Kiki Delivery Service’s Suncatcher recreates Kiki flying through the sky on her broom surrounded by seagulls. Kiki’s charm features the logo of her flight service, hanging in the window of the bakery owned by her friend, Osono.
Last but not least, the sunshade for Howl’s Moving Castle recreates the first meeting between its titular witch and Sophie, a young woman cursed to take on the body of an old man. 90 years old. During this first meeting, Howl rescues Sophie and takes her for a merry walk through the air. The attached amulet also depicts Calcifer, the wise fire demon who presides over Howl’s moving castle. As a testament to the character’s popularity, Calcifer is also featured in Ghibli’s collection of handmade wool coasters, which Donguri Sora recently restocked after seven years.
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The collection also includes a suncatcher inspired by Ghibli’s 1986 film Castle in the Sky, which was the studio’s first official release. Based on the 1726 novel Gulliver’s Travels, this film follows two children named Pazu and Sheeta as they journey in search of a mythical floating island called Laputa. Suntrap depicts Pazu and Sheeta’s first meeting, which takes place the morning after he discovers her unconscious form falling from the sky. Although the collection listing includes promotional images for this product, it was not listed for purchase at the time of writing.
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Source: Donguri Sora