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You Can Now Ride in a Full-Size Catbus

Back in May, we told you about the plan to put an adult-sized Catbus from the Hayao Miyazaki classic My Neighbor Totoro in the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan to complement the one for kids the museum had for a time. Naturally, we were very excited about it, because on top of just wanting to visit the magical-looking Ghibli Museum, we’ve always wanted to live inside a Miyazaki movie (even if only for a few minutes). That day has finally come, as the Ghibli exhibit at Tokyo City View in Roppongi has unveiled the Catbus for grown-ups.

The Twitter user with the best handle of all time—Icecream 37—tweeted images that were then picked up by Kotaku and shared Friday morning. In their photos and tweets, you can see the unbridled joy of an adult person entering the magical realm of childhood wonderment.

The inside of the bus looks to just be furry and plush without much in the way of decor, but once you’re inside a vehicle that is also a living, eight-legged cat, you really don’t have much room to complain about anything. Your life is going pret-ty okay.

Other Twitter users got into the act and we got to see other aspects of the amazing furry cartoon item made real.

The little mouse spirits are climbing around its back! And maybe the coolest thing of all is its headlight-eyes actually light up!

Another site, FashionSnap, shared the following image of the Catbus on its own.


If you were planning on a trip to the Studio Ghibli Museum in the next few weeks and worry the Catbus won’t be there yet, fear not; another full-size Catbus will be unveiled at the museum on July 16. If you’ve got tickets for the 15, see if you can go later because you’re not going to want to miss out on this. Once again, we envy Japan.

Let us know what you think of the big ol’ purring metro in the comments below!

What if Totoro is the spirit of death?

Images: Icecream_37/museumcafe/narusamenami//FashionSnap

Kyle Anderson is the Associate Editor for Nerdist. He wrote retrospectives on Studio Ghibli’s founders in Miyazaki Masterclass and Takahata Textbook. Follow him on Twitter!

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