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Totoro Washi Paper for All 4 Seasons

| Ghibli , Stationery

Chiyogami (literally, 1,000 generations paper) refers to a type of washi (traditional Japanese paper) featuring brightly colored, repeating patterns. Traditionally used as gift wrapping and to craft paper objects like dolls, these days they're more commonly used to bring a splash of color to craft projects and origami.

Now, a new series of square-shaped washi chiyogami paper packs has been released to delight fans of Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro. The packs are divided into four different seasons, with five designs in each bundle showing a number of uniquely Japanese seasonal events and activities.

Spring

The spring pack is filled with flowers, including some pretty pink sakura (cherry blossoms), which bring a huge smile to Totoro’s face.

Whether it’s a field of clovers, blossoming acacias or gorgeous plum flowers, Totoro and his little friends love them all.

Summer

Summer includes Totoro and his tiny friends enjoying a shower during the June rainy season, when ajisai, or hydrangeas, bloom around Japan.

Other Japanese symbols of the season include uchiwa fans with images of the characters enjoying summer events and activities…

…and the Catbus cooling off in a stream while Totoro takes to the skies with a pretty display of summer fireworks.

Fall

The autumn set brings out some pretty fall colors with mushrooms and acorns.

The small, medium and large-sized Totoro characters look absolutely adorable as they run around, enjoying the season together.

Winter

The winter set includes Totoro and his chums enjoying the red and white camellia flowers, which blossom in Japan during the colder months.

There are also snowflakes…

...and some koma-mawashi spinning tops, which are commonly played during the New Year (left) as well as some traditional Japanese New Year's decorations (right).

Each of the 15-centimeter-square (5.9-inch) packs retails for ¥540, and can be purchased from Amazon Japan for local delivery. Happy wrapping!

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