The lovable Totoro is the star of Studio Ghibli‘s popular film “My Neighbour Totoro”, which tells the story of two sisters and their friendships with forest creatures.
It was released in 1988 and became an instant classic, remaining popular both in Japan and abroad, even hitting Chinese cinemas for the first time in 2018.
Suzuki produced the movie, along with other major Studio Ghibli animations such as “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away.”
Japan has seen a smaller coronavirus outbreak than parts of Europe or the United States, but many schools have been closed since late February and the country is currently under a state of emergency.
Tokyo’s popular Ghibli Museum, featuring the works of the studio’s Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki, is among the public and private facilities that have been closed for months.
Suzuki’s video is on a website set up by his hometown of Nagoya to support children stuck at home, and also features video messages from celebrities and famed athletes linked to the city.