We LOVE TOTORO (in a possibly obsessive way)

Where do I begin with Totoro? If you have seen Ponyo and enjoyed it you will love "My Neighbor Totoro". There is something about these Japanese cartoons that takes you to a fun place:) Maybe it is the Japanese in me and love for my Obason I have that makes me enjoy them a little more. I am not sure, but all I know is after I watch it I want to draw a big outline of Totoro on my kids wall, make bento box lunches for my kids and eat miso soup and yummy Japanese sticky rice everyday. Maybe put on some zodeez (what my grandma calls flip flops) and have green tea with homemade sukiyaki and gyoza! Maybe one day my dream of going to Japan with my grandma, having fresh vegetables from her brothers garden and enjoy milk baths will come true! Or if it is not in the Lord's will for me here on earth maybe He will have a true Japanese experience for me when I get to heaven:)


  1. I <3 Sukiyaki!! I've tried to make it but my Grandma Noriko blows me out of the water:)

  2. What's a milk bath? Our Japanese friend Izumi taught me to put orange peel from our backyard oranges in the bath. My skin tingled when I did and it smelled wonderful! Hooray for Totoro!! We have Nausicaa from Netflix right now. We haven't watched it yet, I'm sure I won't love it as much as Totoro or Ponyo, but hopefully I'll at least like it as much as I liked Princess Mononoke :) Have you seen Howl's Moving Castle? I LOVE it in a more adult way, but the kids like it to. I am Sophia the main character in many ways :)

  3. jen-my mom told me when her sister went to japan she came back with perfect skin- and she said it was because of the milk and apple baths!
    and i will have to try the orange peel in the bath! that sounds delightful:) I havent seen Howl's Moving Castle, but looked it up and now I must see it!