Save the Japanese forests, Totero-style

Posted at 11:44 AM Dec 12, 2008

By Bonnie Ruberg

Totoro.jpgWhile I don't normally like to boast about all the awesome things going on here in San Francisco, I think everyone can agree on our need to save the environment -- especially if it's done with the theme of an adorable creature from a super cute movie. Tonight at San Fran's Cartoon Art Museum, the Totero Forest Project is putting on a benefit to raise money for the forests of Japan, the setting for Studio Ghibli's beloved movie My Neighbor Totero. This is one of those classic movies, like Spirited Away, that may be designed for children, but captures the hearts of American adults -- like me! If I wasn't committed to starting my wedding registry shopping tonight (that stuff takes forever), I would so be there.

Of course, the Totero Forest Project is still more than happy to take your donations, even if you don't live in the San Fran area. Here's a description of the forest from the project's website:

Sayama Forrest is one of the most remarkable urban forests (approximately 8750 acres) in Japan located right outside of Tokyo. This forest is said to be where the idea for the masterpiece "My Neighbor Totoro" originated from. With Japan's rapid urban development in the 70's and 80's, the forest has been losing its land. In 1990, the director of My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki helped set up the national trust, Totoro no Furusato Fund to preserve the environment in the park.


Taintus said:

Great post, but need to make one correction: it's "Totoro", not "Totero".

Also, I write about a small village in Nagano, Japan and its residents efforts at revival. My blog is here: In the Pines



taintus said:

Sorry, need to correct that link.

Try here: In the Pines

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