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Cool Off in Summer with Ghibli Folding Fans

| Ghibli , Souvenirs

If you’re an anime fan planning a trip to Japan, it’s pretty much a given that a trip to Donguri Kyowakoku—the chain of shops stocked with amazing Studio Ghibli merchandise—will be on your itinerary. If you're going in the summer, you'll definitely want to cool down with a Studio Ghibli Japanese-style folding fan.

Four designs are available, starting off with the Cool Breeze Totoro, which features the beloved Studio Ghibli mascot on a deep blue background with a soot sprite ornament dangling from the base of the fan.

If you’re after a more classically feminine look—or want all three differently colored versions of Totoro together—the Wisteria Totoro has large gray and medium blue forest spirits on the fan itself, with a micro-sized white one as an ornament.

Summer Smile Kiki’s Delivery Service may not feature the titular witch herself, but the logo of her (also titular) business is found at the far right. Multiple images of Kiki’s easygoing familiar Jiji appear on a field of sunflowers, with the black cat also taking on the role of an ornament.

Finally, the Camellia Spirited Away fan is decorated with a soot sprite ornament. No-Face immediately draws the eye, but if you let your perspective expand a bit you’ll discover Haku in his dragon form streaking across the sky.

Should you worry that carrying these lovingly illustrated fans around in your bag will leave them soiled and bruised, Donguri Kyowakoku also has a cloth fan pouch, although only the Cool Breeze Totoro motif is offered.

The fans measure 21 centimeters (8.3 inches) in radius, and are priced at ¥2,980 (US$28), while the pouch sells for ¥900 (US$8.34). All go on sale late April 2018 at Donguri Kyowakoku branches and the chain’s online shop.

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