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Japanese HOTARU NO HAKA Full Candy TIN sealed fresh Grave of the Fireflies movie

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The candies, Sakumashiki Drops, aren’t a fictional creation, but an actual confectionary brand that first went on sale in 1908. The one side of the tin looks like a great replica of the tin in the movie and the other side has a picture of Setsuko on. Content on this site is not intended to substitute for advice given by medical practitioner, pharmacist, or other licensed health-care professional. In the film, the younger sister Setsuko Yokokawa can be seen frequently eating Sakuma’s Drops and offering her brother Seita Yokokawa some.

As much as the Sakuma Drops are a symbol of hope for the film’s protagonists, they're also one of hopelessness. By the following year, The Food Management Law was enacted, which instituted a national food rationing system for all Japanese citizens. Sakuma’s Drops, the candy that appeared in Studio Ghibli’s Grave of the Fireflies, will be discontinued as its manufacturer Sakumaseika announced that the company is going out of business.

The tin of fruit-flavored candies carried around by war orphan Setsuko contains one of the few sources of comforting happiness she has left.

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The candy drops are perhaps best known to people outside of Japan for their appearance in the 1988 anime film depicting the hardships of young siblings Seita and Setsuko in wartorn Kobe. The company cites rising production costs, labor shortages, and drops in sales as reasons for its bankruptcy. As the story progresses, the tin of candies empties, and with each sweet that's eaten, the characters descend further into despair. It is used by the brother as storage for his sister’s ashes when she passes away at the end of the film. Sugar, Starch Syrup, Juice (Apple, Orange, Grape, Strawberry, Lemon, Pineapple), Maltodextrin, Acidulant [Citric Acid (E330)], Flavoring, Coloring [Anthocyanin (E163), Paprika (E160c)].

Sadly, their time is coming to an end soon, as Sakuma Seika, the company that manufactures Sakumashiki Drops, says it will be going out of business early next year.During World War II, all three of the company’s factories, located in Tokyo, Osaka, and Manchuria, were destroyed, and the company was officially restarted in 1948.

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