totoro-themed restaurant lets you dine with a 9-foot cat
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have you ever wanted to step into a studio ghibli movie? a restaurant in thailand gives anyone who walks in the same warm feeling of a popular ghibli movie, my neighbor totoro.
may's garden house restaurant in bangkok is the first themed (主题) restaurant licensed (得到许可的) by studio ghibli. the idea was put forward by studio ghibli producer toshio suzuki. during visits to thailand he fell in love with the chicken wings at a restaurant in a village. he loved the wings, and the village made him think of growing up in japan.
the restaurant's owner was named may and she was a single mother running the restaurant to support her children. one day when suzuki came back for another round of her delicious chicken wings, may told him she was closing the restaurant because there weren't enough customers. since the owner's name is similar to the main character (角色) mei in my neighbor totoro, toshio suzuki thought it'd be fitting to open a totoro-themed restaurant in bangkok where the food and feeling of may's village could be brought to more people. thus, may's garden house restaurant was born.
the restaurant's decoration (装饰) really gives customers the feeling of the 1988 movie, like a 9-foot totoro figure (像) that sits in the dining room, as well as dishes shaped like the characters. the tables are decorated with lovely figures of totoro, mei, sootballs, the catbus, and other characters from the movie. the decorations in the restaurant create the same sense that the two young girls in my neighbor totoro experience when they move into a small, countryside home with their father.
as beautiful as the decoration is, a restaurant is all about its food, and the food at may's garden house restaurant looks truly wonderful and completely lovely. the restaurant describes its food as asian mixture, japanese and thai, so there's something for everyone.