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Second Life Toys Break Down Barriers Surrounding Organ Transplants in Japan with Plushies

There is a campaign that has recently launched in Japan, to help bring awareness to organ transplants. Organ donations is a problem worldwide with Japan ranking far behind the rest of the industrialized world. The charitable organization, Second Life Toys, has created a unique way to illustrate the concept behind organ transplants to children, by…

Catch This Cute Sleeping Bag Pikachu in Japan’s UFO Catchers!

Pokemon is one of the most popular brands in Japan, with hundreds of monsters and counting. Now we all know that Pikachu is the most well-known character of them all, being Ash’ partner and the brand image of the franchise and favorite of many (including me)! There are a variety of Pikachu themed items being…

Brighten Up Any Day With Kami Fusen: Japanese Paper Balloons

A Japanese traditional paper balloon called kami fusen has long been used in Japan for several events and gatherings. They are very colorful and come in different shapes and sizes. These fun balloons can also be used as toys for children. They actually emerged as an alternative to the very popular rubber balloon. They can…

Get Amongst Japan’s Gunpla Craze and Check out How to Build Your Own!

Gundam Plastic Models (Gunpla) for beginners can seem so difficult to create because of its intricate designs and details. However, every gunpla hobbyist started from the beginning too, with no clue on how to build one. A model kit comes with a manual in Japanese. I’m a foreigner who has been living in Japan for…

Enjoy All Things Kawaii When Traveling Around Japan

One aspect I’ve noticed that is never at fault since traveling to Japan is the adorable cute items that you can find there. Sometimes the cuteness may not make any sense at all as it is associated with most things from food, home decor, fashion items and so on. So let’s take a look at…

The Nostalgic History of Tin Toys in Japan: Their Emergence and Decline

Tin toys used to be very popular in Japan in the mid-19th century. These are mechanical toys made of tin plate and beautifully painted with the art of chromolithography, a method for making multi-color paint. It first started in Germany but spread so widely in Japan after World War II that the country has even…

Collect All the Cute Cat Toys from Japan’s Capsule Vending Machines!

Don’t you just love the anticipation of getting something out of a capsule vending machine? Now there is a cute new series available from these machines, also called ‘gashapon’ (or ‘gachapon’), only in Japan. There is just something interesting about tiny cooking toys. Strangely, they can be more captivating and fun compared to actual cooking…

Kids Toy Museums and More at the Fairy Tale ’Forest Of Muse’ in Karuizawa

Usually, museums are intended for educational or aesthetic purposes and targeted at adults or older children. Furthermore, there are not a lot of museums out there for kids. However, the ‘Forest Of Muse’ in Karuizawa is a fairy-tale land for kids with cool pictures and toys. It is basically a very large area with two…