Ghibli Museum is a tourist attraction people have flocked to for more than two decades, but there’s a special homage to the movie My Neighbor Totoro that most people have missed. So, more than 20 years after opening, the Ghibli Museum thought it might share a little secret.
First, here is what the entrance to the museum looks like.
Second, here is what the building looks like from behind. Notice anything?
If not, here is a tip from Ghibli Museum.
— 三鷹の森ジブリ美術館 (@GhibliML) December 5, 2022
The text is translated as: “A three-year-old boy was pointing from this angle, saying, ‘Mom! The Catbus is outside!’ Can you tell us what part of this image looks like the Catbus?”
A person has done this visual to help.
— Shiho (@shiho_GHIBLI) December 5, 2022
What do you think?
The internet then exploded with comments like:
“Yes, I can see it! The big window on the right even looks like the mouth of the grinning Catbus!”
“What amazing powers of observation! Now that I’ve seen it I can’t unsee it!”
“Children’s eyes and imaginations are truly amazing!”
“I’ve visited the museum so many times and never realized this!”
GKIDS gave this description for My Neighbor Totoro:
“When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece featuring the voices of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, in early roles.”
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