Located deep within LCX in Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, this is the first overseas branch of Donguri Republic ever to open outside of Japan. The shop specialises in character-themed merchandise based on the animated films of Studio Ghibli, the leading Japanese animation studio helmed by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Fans will find all sorts of cool goods related to films like My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Spirited Away, to name a few.
Merchandise includes plush toys, stationery, and tea sets. The item that caught this otaku's eye was a light-up Laputa Blue Stone Pendant. Now all I have to do is find the lost floating castle of Laputa and I will rule the world, bwahahaha!
However, Hong Kong Ghibli fans should be prepared to break their piggy banks, because even a small plush toy about the size of a tennis ball will cost you HK$180. If you're as obsessed as me, you could easily spend a few thousand dollars here.
Special features of the store include the near-life-sized Totoro that welcomes you as you pass through the door and a half-sized furry Catbus! Fans should also keep an eye out for Arrietty - she's hiding somewhere in the store and you might just find her if you look up!
Address: Shop 19, LCX Level 3,Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening times: 10am to 10pm