10. Ghibli Chopsticks (¥2,592/US$23.00)
This item, with its authentic Japanese style, makes for a nice souvenir for foreign visitors. The chopsticks are finished in Japanese lacquer, which adds to their appeal, and come with accessories including a small Totoro charm and a cloth carrying pouch.
9. Pop-up Postcard (large: ¥432/US$3.85; small: ¥324/US$3.88)
At first glance, these cards look like regular post cards, but they’re actually highly artistic creations that you can build and turn into three-dimensional dioramas. Their intricate designs are based on the exterior and interior of the Ghibli Museum. What a great card to send to a Ghibli fan!
Here’s another card depicting the interior of the museum.
There’s also a card recreating the famous “Totoro ticket counter” that guests see upon arriving at the museum.
8. Ghibli Museum Shop Tote Bag (¥1,620/US$14.40)
This tote bag features the Mamma Aiuto, a gang of air pirates that appear in the Ghibli film Porco Rosso and the symbol of the Ghibli Museum. The design is not too fancy and it’s a good size, so you can carry plenty of stuff in it too!
7. Ornamental Stand in Silhouette Design (¥1,620/US$14.40 for the Kiki design)
These lovely stands are made from thin metal sheets cut into the shape of Ghibli characters in silhouette and come highly recommended. They're a pleasure to look at, especially if you place them by an open window with the parts moving gently in the wind.
6. Cushion with Ghibli Museum Emblem (¥2,592/US$23)
This classic looking cushion is decorated with the emblem of the Ghibli Museum and is made using a distinct weaving technique known as chenille (caterpillar in French). Chenille fabric is typically made by first creating a tightly wound yarn core, around which short lengths of fabric, called piles, are then wrapped. This makes the edges of the piles stand upright, which gives the fabric a characteristic “fuzzy” look. The chenille weaving seems to give the cushion a very warm look, and since high quality extra-long staple cotton is used, the fabric also has a lovely, velvety soft texture as well.