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A Japanese city is launching a crowdfunding campaign to help preserve a special spot of woodland: the forest that inspired the animator of beloved movie “My Neighbor Totoro.”

The city of Tokorozawa in Saitama Prefecture plans to buy the 3.5-hectare “Totoro Forest” for ¥2.6 billion ($19 million), with crowdfunding covering just a small portion of that, a city official said.

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