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Studio Ghibli releases The Boy and the Heron doll.

A lesson in resilience, infused with Ghibli's enchantment.

Renowned for their indomitable spirit in the face of adversity, Studio Ghibli characters serve as beacons of inspiration for both on-screen counterparts and devoted audiences alike.

In Japan, the embodiment of this resilience comes in the form of "okiagari koboshi" dolls—self-righting figurines that date back to the Muromachi Period. Originally crafted by feudal retainers in Fukushima under the decree of the lord of the Aizu clan, these dolls symbolize the enduring strength of character, intertwined with a rich folk art tradition—a fusion cherished by Studio Ghibli's director and co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki.

It's no surprise then, that these self-righting dolls have found a place in the heart of Studio Ghibli's affiliated retail chain, Donguri Kyowakoku. Following the success of previous incarnations featuring beloved characters from My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, a new addition now graces the collection: the heron from Ghibli's latest masterpiece, The Boy and the Heron.

Whether you choose to enjoy the heron for its good looks or the deeper meaning of resilience behind its self-righting wobble, this is a new product that’ll put a smile on the face of any Ghibli fan. Priced at 3,300 yen (US$21.74), the heron is available at Donguri Kyowakoku stores and while stocks last.



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