Studio Ghibli Opens Its First Official ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Restaurant



Image via May’s Garden House Restaurant

Solo diners need not fret about having no company at meals anymore—Studio Ghibli is launching its first-ever licensed My Neighbor Totoro restaurant that will have you catching up with an old childhood friend: the cuddly forest spirit, ‘Totoro’.

Based in Bangkok, May’s Garden House Restaurant surprisingly isn’t entirely inspired by one of the film’s main characters, ‘Mei’. According to Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, he was won over by some chicken wings from a stall owned by a lady nicknamed May. The stand was running out of business, so he conceptualized the restaurant to conserve these flavors.

He also likened Thailand’s countrysides to where he grew up in Japan, which is why the restaurant is located in this region.

Inside, patrons will be greeted by character plushies, including a giant ‘Totoro’. The interior is kept understated, drawing focus to the themed stained glass murals, displays, and adorable table partners that accompany diners.

The restaurant is slated to open in end May. By then, it will also feature a playground, glasshouse, water pool, library, and two halls.

Don’t you know … I'm glancing at you ❓❔ แอบมองเธออยู่นะจ๊ะ 😊😜

A post shared by May's Garden House Restaurant (@maysgardenhouse) on May 19, 2018 at 8:27pm PDT

We're just on our energy saving mode. กำลังอยู่ในโหมดประหยัดพลังงาน 😜

A post shared by May's Garden House Restaurant (@maysgardenhouse) on May 21, 2018 at 6:55am PDT

Guess, what are they waiting for? ทายซิ เมย์จังกับโทโทโร่กำลังรออะไรอยู่น๊าา..🤔😊

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Have a good dream 😴

A post shared by May's Garden House Restaurant (@maysgardenhouse) on May 11, 2018 at 7:11am PDT

Let Totoro protect you from rain 😊

A post shared by May's Garden House Restaurant (@maysgardenhouse) on May 13, 2018 at 11:03pm PDT

Fluffy Minitotoro Steamed Buns In Caramel Sauce. หมั่นโถโทโทโร่ตัวจิ๋วเหล่านี้ นอกจากจะดูน่ารักตะมุตะมิแล้ว ยังอร่อยสุดยอดมากอีกด้วยล่ะ

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May's Hat. หมวกของน้องเมย์จอมซนที่ทำหล่นไว้ สอดไส้ด้วยมูสมะนาว

A post shared by May's Garden House Restaurant (@maysgardenhouse) on May 7, 2018 at 11:52pm PDT

Sleeping Totoro. โทโทโร่น้อยกำลังหลับไหล ด้านในสอดไส้ช็อคโกแล็ตมูส ใจกลางสอดไส้ด้วยราสเบอรี่ รอให้พวกเราได้ปลุกเค้าให้ตื่น

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[via SoraNews24, images via May’s Garden House Restaurant]

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