Hayao Miyazaki's Totoro forest spirit has a simple yet easily recognizable shape, lending itself to all sorts of craft projects that fall across a wide spectrum of impressiveness. Falling on the high range of that scale, the Totoro treats made by Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory in Tokyo are absolutely darling.
It's not an officially licensed product, but when it's this cute, and the shop is this Studio Ghibli reverential, who can say no?
Items on their heads let you know the flavor inside - custard and whipped cream on the left, chocolate cream in the middle, and the summer-only peach cream on the right.
The Totoro are 10cm tall and cost 390-430yen each ($5 to $5.50)
■Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory
Address: 3-21-21 Takaidohigashi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-19:30 (Close Mondays)