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Studio Ghibli fans help you beat the summer heat with Totoro and other iconic characters

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By Jen Santelices, grape Japan

Summer is upon us, and that means people in Japan are now in a battle against the season’s heat. If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli, there’s a way you can stay cool this summer while still showing your love for the animation giant’s films.

Donguri Republic, a chain store in Japan that specializes in Studio Ghibli merchandise, released a set of new hand fans inspired by three of the studio’s most popular movies: "My Neighbor Totoro," "Spirited Away" and "Kiki’s Delivery Service."

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The hand fans highlight iconic characters from the movies (namely Totoro, Jiji and No-Face) in colorful variations. The fans are also very Japanese in design; they feature motifs of Japanese flora, such as wasabi leaves and clematis flowers, and fireworks, a common sight during summers in Japan.

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Some of the fans also have little charms attached to the handles, and each one is a nod to a specific scene or character from the movies.

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The store’s summer lineup also has other Ghibli-fied traditional Japanese items. This includes drawstring bags with familiar designs and a metal wind chime of Totoro atop a dome-shaped cherry blossom tree.

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All of the Studio Ghibli summer items are available at Donguri Republic branches in Japan, and through their online store. Prices for the hand fans start at 2,780 yen, while the drawstring bags and the wind chime are priced at 1,800 yen and 3,200 yen respectively.

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