For the next print I went back to the 'Totoro' movie - this time doing an image of the title character.

Although it was a popular theme, it turned out to have problems - the kids had trouble keeping their baren from smashing into the wide open space in his stomach, and many of them spoiled their prints that way. From this time on, when planning the culture day prints, I started to pay much more attention to how to make them 'foolproof', so that even beginners could print them without too many problems.

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