On Saturday, June 24, Melrose Avenue cute culture shop JapanLA launched the ONLY Studio Ghibli pop-up shop in the U.S.
The line was more than three blocks long, with the first person finding his key spot at 4 a.m. The payoff for the wait was incredible, with 800 guests grabbing imported and exclusive products reflecting decades of the animated fantasy delivered by Studio Ghibli. While a few of the products sold out by the end of the day, JapanLA is restocking. Visiting the pop-up this July should absolutely be on your to-do list.
In case you are unfamiliar with the name, Studio Ghibli is the Tokyo-based animation studio co-founded by famed director Hayao Miyazaki. The company’s figurehead, adorable Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro, has become a cultural icon (and is well-represented in the pop-up shop). The studio also created Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Oscar-winner Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and dozens more feature films.
The big hit of the day was the exclusive JapanLAx My Neighbor Totoro jacket. It did sell out on opening weekend, but more are being made! Pre-order is happening NOW for the limited run, so get to japanla.com to secure your Totoro jacket.
Here are some other amazing items from the Studio Ghibli pop-up shop:
New Princess Mononoke items are going to be added soon. Of course, books and DVDs are in stock. The free limited edition JapanLA x Studio Ghibli enamel pins are still available with a purchase of $30 or more (believe, it will not be challenging to spend $30).
This magical, Melrose-only event ends July 24.
7320 ½ Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046