Spirited Away Sozu Bonsai Water Garden

Studio Ghibli anime ornament

Originally designed to make noises randomly to scare animals away, the sozu or shishi-odoshi are water fountains that use bamboo tubes which pivot as they are filled with water and do a loud clacking sound. With time, though, they became one of the signature elements of Japanese gardens and if you put them in a setting with a pine tree styled like a bonsai, you get the full Japanese horticultural experience. And if it happens to include a couple of popular anime figures, like the Spirited Away Sozu Bonsai Water Garden does, then so much the better!

Inspired by the 2001 film that won Hayao Miayzaki a much-deserved Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the Spirited Away Sozu Bonsai Water Garden is a scene from a Japanese garden including a sozu, pine, rocks, and bushes where No-Face, one of Miyazaki's most memorable characters, is pouring water in the bamboo tubes while Boh as a mouse and Yu-Bird are watching. Powered by batteries or USB and with two modes (automatic or voice-activated), it brings the atmosphere of a Japanese garden to your desk, complete with the soothing sound of the water going from one bamboo tube to the other.

Specs and Features:

  • Official Studio Ghibli merchandise
  • Modes: normal, (no time limit), voice input (operates for 5 min. after detecting voice and then turns off automatically)
  • For ages 15 and over
  • Dimensions: approx. 165 x 210 x 130 mm (6.5 x 8.3 x 5.1")
  • Tray dimensions: approx. 205 x 20 x 154 mm (8 x 0.8 x 6")
  • Materials: ABS, PVC
  • Power: 4 AA batteries or USB Type-C source
  • Comes with tray to prevent water spillage
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US$ 224