Totoro Bus Stop in Taichung

Totoro and No-Face at a bus stop in Taichung
Totoro, No-Face, and the gang at a bus stop in Taichung.

Taiwan loves Totoro, the iconic star of Miyazaki’s animated classic My Neighbor Totoro. Known locally to Chinese speakers as Duōduōlóng 多多龍 (or 豆豆龍) and—my favourite—Lóngmāo 龍貓 (literally “dragon cat”), Totoro recently appeared on the streets of Taichung 台中 alongside Chibi and Chu Totoro, numerous makkuro kurosuke (soot sprites) and No-Face (who appeared in Spirited Away). These life-sized, fan-made sculptures have drawn so much interest that the site even appears on Google Maps as Dàlǐ Totoro Bus Stop 大里龍貓公車站.

No-Face at a bus stop in Taichung
No-Face kindly reminding visitors to keep the noise down and watch out for passing cars.
Totoro in Taichung
A life-sized Totoro waits for the bus in Taichung.
Soot on the wall
One of the soot balls on the wall.
Chibi and Chu Totoro in Taichung
Chibi and Chu Totoro look like they’ve had a rough time of it.

The original report on Taiwanese news can be found here. Many more photos alongside commentary in Chinese can be found here, here, here, here, and here.