The Giant Rubber Duck just left Hong Kong on June 9th and the cute Totoro has arrived. The fans of Japanese Cult-Anime Movie “My Neighbor Totoro” have been waiting and anticipated the grand opening of the first overseas Donguri Republic shop in Hong Kong for a long time. Finally, the wait was over and the Donguri Republic Store was opened at the LCX, Harbour City Shopping Mall today (June 21st, 2013).
For all of you who are not familiar with the Donguri Republic Store: the Donguri Republic Store is a store that specializes in character-themed merchandise based on the animated movies of Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli is one of the leading Japanese animations studios and created highly international acclaimed and great movies such as “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Spirited Away”, “Pom Poko”, Princess Mononoke”, “Castle in the Sky” or “Kiki’s Delivery Service”.
Insider Tips: This article is majorly talking about the exhibition of Studio Ghibli. If you want to know more about the Donguri Republic Shop and their great merchandises, you can take a look at “Live Tour of Donguri Republic Shop in Harbour City“.
In front of the entrance of LCX, the Donguri Republic’s merchandises were displayed in the window display.
Besides a variety of limited editions and merchandise articles of the Studio Ghibli’s most popular films including “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Spirited Away”, there was also an exhibition of the most memorable scenes from “My Neighbor Totoro” and posters of Studio Ghibli’s movies inside the LCX, Harbour City Shopping Mall. The exhibition only lasts till July 31st 2013. If you are a fan of Totoro, Catbus and the Studio Ghibli you should not miss out this great opportunity to take a closer look at the artwork of this famous movie.
On the left corridor of the LCX entrance is the exhibition of movie “My Neighbor Totoro”.
On the right corridor of the LCX entrance are the posters of Studio Ghibli’s movies.
Furthermore, fans can enjoy some additional goodies along the Grand Opening. From June 14, 2013 to July 31, 2013 there will be two photo spots where fans can take pictures with the most popular characters Totoro and Cat Bus. Staring from June 21st, 2013 fans can present their photos to the Donguri Republic Store staff, like their Facebook page and have a chance to redeem a limited edition Donguri Republic Store badge (please note only 100 badges are available each day on a first-come first-serve basis). The photo stop of the “Cat Bus” Bus Shelter Advertisement is located at Nathan Road bus stop (just next to the Kowloon Hotel) and if you are a fan of Totoro, you should not miss out the huge Totoro Panel displayed at Oasis 1 inside the LCX Mall.
Insider Tips: In order to get the limited free gifts, you have to stand in line around 8:00am in the morning (you see how crazy Hong Kong people are for Totoro! ). As the staff of Donguri Republic Shop told me, all the badges were gone within 10 mins after shop openend everyday. It’s also not easy to get the picture with the lovely Totoro in the photo spots because there were lots of people standing in line.
Besides, please prepare some additional time if you would like to visit the Donguri Republic Store. Since the store and the merchandise is so hot at the moment crowd management has been in effect. It is not unusual to wait 1.5-2 hours to get inside the store. Some of the limited edition merchandise editions have been sold literally within seconds.
From now until July 31, 2013, spending HK$ 2,000 (maximum three invoices) in LCX can redeem the Free limited edition STUDIO GHIBLI color pencils (15 colors) set in LCX Customer Services.
Donguri Republic LCX Harbour City
Shop 19, LCX Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 10:00am- 10:00pm (Monday – Sunday)
Phone: +(852) 2376-3363