Yesterday, Yumi-san (a.k.a. my fairy godmother here in Japan haha) and I went on a mini hiking trip at Tokorozawa, Saitama! It’s amazing how there are SOOO many things to do, explore and discover here in Saitama Prefecture!
Been wanting to hike ever since my Poppy trip to Chichibu and coincidentally, Yumi nee-san wanted to visit Kurosuke’s house. I think that I did read about this news before (maybe from rocketnews JP? lol haha) and I also thought of visiting Totoro and Kurosuke.. but I had forgotten about it. Many thanks to Yumi nee-san for inviting me and for arranging everything! Her adventurous spirit and youthful energy are really inspiring and contagious.
Anywaaay, let’s get started! Here are the highlights of the trip! ^^
Totoro-san contemplating about the meaning of life.
Do watch out for the special Totoro Forest x #HobonichiWithMe video!
Luckily, for a Saturday, it wasn’t too crowded!
Seeing greens and trees just makes me feel more alive!
Look how lush the trees are! They look like broccoli (and Yumi-san thinks so as well haha)~
Many years ago, the local community started a fund for the preservation of the forests in Sayama Hills / Tokorozawa, Saitama. They called it “Totoro Fund / Totoro no Furasato Foundation”. Tourists are welcome to stay at Kurosuke’s house and you can donate by purchasing the special edition Totoro fund merch / or you can just leave any amount in their donation boxes. Up to this day, because of the pooled money, the organization has bought and acquired enough land to sustain and preserve the forests.
Yumi-san woke up at 4:30AM to prepare our kawaii Totoro bento! OMG! *_*