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Bring a Taste of Ghibli to Your Kitchenware

Ghibli Souvenirs

Ghibli’s male and female leads are often too earnest and tightly bound to their film’s profound thematic ruminations to serve as inspirations for anime trinkets. That job falls instead to members of the supporting cast, such as Spirited Away’s unsettling yet endearing No Face.

Thankfully, unlike the No Face piggy bank we save our spare yen coinage in, the contents of the ¥1,980 (US$18) No Face soy sauce bottle aren’t disgorged through the character’s mouth. Instead, No Face demurely lets the soy sauce pour from his hands, mimicking his body language from when he initially offers gold coins to protagonist Chihiro in Spirited Away (and, in the process, encouraging anyone pouring soy to mimic his “Uhh…uhh” gasps).

But No Face isn’t done helping in the kitchen just yet. He’s also willing to lend a hand as an ¥800 rice scoop.

At a quick glance, it might appear to be just a chic, all-black scoop. But you’ll soon (and ironically) spot No Face’s face staring back at you. The scoop is self-standing, which means you can prop it up on your kitchen counter and freak out houseguests when they suddenly realize one of anime’s most famous monsters has his eyes on them.

And assuming you’re not having finger food, you’ll need some kind of utensils to enjoy your meal. If you’re using chopsticks, No Face can provide one more service for you by acting as a chopstick rest, in one of two forms. Joining No Face in this role are Spirited Away’s Otori-sama and Boh (in his mouse form).

All of these items will be available in September from Ghibli merchandise specialist Donguri Kyowakoku, so start planning what soy and rice-based dishes you’re going to make now.

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