Yoshiharu Sato is an animator who has worked on My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, and The Secret World of Arrietty. And here, in less than two minutes, he spins a touching tale of home and family — and that's just for a liquor commercial.

The commercial is titled Oyaji no Imo no Kamisama (Dad's Potato God), and it's an ad for Satsuma Shiranami sweet potato shochu. The commercial is in Japanese and the subtitles are in French, but Anime News Network explains what's going on:

In the commercial, the man sees a liquor store that reminds him of home. He finds a glass that looks like one his father used to have, which his father called a shrine to the potato god. As a child, he broke the glass and used all his money to buy a new one with a different drawing, but his dad said he didn't need it. At the time he thought that, somewhere, the potato god was angry. Now that he brings the new glass back home, though, his dad says he doesn't need it because he has the glass his son gave him as a child. The text at the end of the video says "the potato god is right here" and "the home town is always new."


Ghibli Animator Yoshiharu Sato Directs Commercial for Satsuma Shiranami [Anime News Network]