Summer isn’t too far away, and Studio Ghibli has come out with new merchandise to help people stay cooler in the hotter months. The merchandise is also an ecologically friendly way to stay cooler, which falls in line with Hayao Miyazaki’s interests.
We’re talking about traditional Japanese folding fans. There are two of them, along with two handkerchiefs to make matching sets. One set has a Totoro theme, while the other references Spirited Away, which is turning twenty this year.
The handkerchiefs go for 440 yen (about $4). The fans are pricier, going for 3,278 yen (about $30) each. They become available later this month.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.