Costume :Haru Yoshioka
Variant :Uniform, pre-Cat Bureau visit
Source :The Cat Returns
Progress :Planned
Worn At :None

Costume Photos

Manga version


Thank you for saving me from a dangerous situation. I hope you havn't injured yourself.

Cat, are you okay?

Full reference


Costume Information

Cost : £5

"Mum...can cats talk?"

"Well, let's see.....what!?"

If you find yourself troubled by something mysterious, or a problem that's hard to solve, there's a place you can go. A place where...

The Cat Returns is one of my favourite films; I always put it (or Spirited Away) on whenever I feel sad or stressed. Perhaps it is because I can relate so much to Haru- oversleeping, the awkwardness of turning up late to class, crushing on dudes outta my league...oh, and I LOVE cats!

I therefore have to cosplay Haru. And weild a lacrosse stick!


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Haru is so cute - looking forward to seeing progress with this :D

by gaming_goddess on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 12:29
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She really is ^_^' Thanks, me too!

by Heorot on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 13:05
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glad the stick was still there today looks cool :D

by cosplaymatt1 on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 18:03
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Me too, thanks dude! Can't wait to mod it (:

by Heorot on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 22:38
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Can't wait to see pictures of this ^^

by Siouxsie James on Friday, 11 January, 2013 - 00:10
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Cheers, me too :3 Just need to decide for sure with my friends what we're doing in May!

by Heorot on Friday, 11 January, 2013 - 12:35
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The Cat Returns was the first Studio Ghibli film that I saw and it encouraged me to go and watch the rest of them. It would be great to see a ‘Cat Returns’ group at the Expo

by ArcaneArchery on Sunday, 20 January, 2013 - 20:44
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Aw thats so nice that it made you wanna watch more Ghibli stuff ^_^ Unfortunately we're not doing Cat Returns this Expo, hopefullymaybe Oct though!? As I desperately want to cosplay Haru :3

by Heorot on Monday, 21 January, 2013 - 01:13
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Good to see more people doing The Cat Returns cosplays! Looking forward to seeing this ^^

by BlueberryTale on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 - 18:35
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Can't wait to see this! If i miss out i shall be a sad bunny. Lovely choice of character, can't wait to see how it all looks together!

by otakugirl on Friday, 6 February, 2015 - 21:59
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This is still so under-cosplayed!!! Just FYI, there are Ghibli meets both Saturday and Sunday of MCM (1 at the west entrance). Haruuuu <3

by Siouxsie James on Sunday, 10 May, 2015 - 10:54

To-Do List

Buy lacrosse stickHighComplete
Make cat kingdom scrollMediumPlanned
Matching waistcoat+skirtMediumPlanned
Paint/dye strings on lacrosse stick reddish orangeMediumPlanned
Short sleeved shirt (Primark? Asda?)MediumPlanned
Eye make-up test runLowPlanned
Jammies ^_^LowPlanned
Dye hair a lighter brown and get fluffy bangs cut inLowPlanned

Shopping List

Lacrosse stick£5.00Bought
Wig (already have left over from Fuu cosplay)£0.00Bought
White short sleeved shirt£0.00To Buy


Ribbon necktie (Posted 16th June 2013)

Super duper thrifty of me, this was from an old-ish shoe boutique bag! Its about half a metre and a much more accurate red than this, its the app I took this pic on that makes it this colour

Possible fabric find (Posted 20th July 2012)

Think I can unpick my mums old work uniform for Haru's waistcoat+skirt! (she's a ward nurse but is moving into the community soon and therefore getting new threads). Though she got this particular dress from a charity shop for £1 0_o Anywho, it's pretty thick material and I like how it seems to be quite light blue in bright conditions and dark in low light, similar to how it appears in the film. Now to find the waistcoat pattern madre retrieved from her textile days and get started...

Also hopefully gonna get a short-sleeved shirt from Asda/Tesco soon, & I found a cute tutorial for a DIY cookie cutter that I want to try out for the fish biscuits ^-^ Still on the search for a pair of those damned penny loafers...