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The Place Where Totoro Was Born (宮崎駿監修 ; スタジオジブリ編 , Totoro no Umareta Tokoro) is book written and illustrated by Akemi Miyazaki for the Totoro no Furusato Foundation.

The book that follows the story of Ayumi Miyazaki, a girl who love nature and enjoy to watch the vegetation's changes from season to season, describing them with delicate beautiful sketches and personal words in her diary. It also includes some old illustrations by Hayao Miyazaki set in the Totoro's world and a special interview about his memories in Tokorozawa.


  • Kami no Yama
  • The sketches and the diary of Ayumi Miyazaki (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)
  • Hachikokuyama description" by Toshio Suzuki
  • The landscape of Tokorozawa where the world of Totoro has been created" by Hayao Miyazaki
  • A landscape in the future - Sayama Hill -
  • The map of the land where Totoro is born

Behind the Scenes

After working on My Neighbor Totoro, animator Akemi Miyazaki began working as part of the board of trustees for the Totoro no Furusato Foundation. She then worked on The Place Where Totoro Was Born, a book detailing the Totoro no Mori forest preserve in Sayama Hills.[1]

The city of Tokorozawa is the subject of a new picture book and on the website for the book, Toshio Suzuki tells the story of how Hayao Miyazaki showed him where he got the idea for the beloved character. The book reveals that the idea came on a rainy day with Miyazaki telling Suzuki "I would like to show you where Totoro was born." The story itself is incredibly charming.

"Miya-san was out picking up garbage at the edge of Fuchi no Mori, as he did every Sunday, when he noticed the splendor of Kami no Yama," Suzuki writes.

The story goes on to explain how Miyazaki didn't move away from Tokyo until his marriage in 1965 and, while exploring his new residence in Tokorozawa, he would take walks that ultimately inspired his work. Suzuki said that on a walk with Miyazaki, they ended up at the end of a road and at Fuchi no Mori before approaching Hachikokuyama Park—introduced in My Neighbor Totoro as Shichikokuyama Hospital.

Suzuki writes in the book that Miyazaki told him as they walked through the area that if it weren't for living in the area, there wouldn't be a Totoro.

"If I didn't live in Tokorozawa, Totoro would never have been born," Suzuki recounts Miyazaki saying.

The whole story, and that of Miyazaki's deep connection with Tokorozawa is further expressed in the book Totoro no Umareta Tokoro (Where Totoro Was Born). In addition to the story, the book features illustrations from both Miyazaki and his wife Akemi and discusses the area through the seasons of the year. The book specifically features sketches of spirit animals from Miyazaki while Akemi's illustrations feature the plants and flowers of the area.[2]


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