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Into All Kinds of Toys? The International Tokyo Toy Show Is Perfect for You!

Just like any other country, Japan started with traditional toys. These are folk toys reflecting each region’s custom, history, and legend. Later on, modern toys emerged. The toy industry grew rapidly due to the country’s strict quality verification system. Although the number of children in Japan is rapidly decreasing, Japanese toys continue to maintain a…

Check Out San-X’s New Character and Its Limited Edition Giant Soft Toy!

If you have been living here in Japan for a number of years, you’re sure to know by now how Japan takes it creativity a step further. But if you’re still new to the country, you’ll gradually come to notice the significant amount of effort most establishments put into promoting their brand. One common form…

Sailor Moon Fans, Check Out the New Chibiusa and Helios Figure for You to Collect!

Otakus just can’t get enough of the countless collector’s item popping out of the web nowadays. They would certainly go crazy with the upcoming figure of Chibiusa and Helios from Naoko Takeuchi’s famous manga and anime series Sailor Moon. This crafty figure may just be the new addition to your awesome collection. Concept As the…

In Osaka? Visit and Shop at the Legendary Denden Town!

If Japan is known for anything, it is known for electronics. When I first came to Japan, I was expecting everyone to have the best and newest electronics in the world, and all the kids to travel to school in their own Gundams or something. While I was rather disappointed that I could not buy…

Spend Quality Time with your Favorite Characters at Bandai Museum!

Bandai Co., Ltd. is a popular Japanese toy and video making company which is considered to be the world’s third largest producer of toys. The company started putting up its own Bandai museum in Chiba last 2003 which was dedicated to the Bandai characters. It immediately closed in 2006 and was moved to Mibu, Tochigi…

7 Interesting Otaku Types You May Meet on Your Travels

Otaku can be loosely termed as “geeks” in the English language. Basically, otakus are people who are obsessed with a certain interest – sometimes to an unhealthy extent. These are some of the common types of otaku you may come across in Japan. 1. Anime/Manga Otaku This type of otaku generally has a large collection…

9 of the Best Old School Japanese Anime–Inspired Toys

All of us were once kids. For those of us who were born in the 90’s, we were the generation of kids that that played outside with our friends. We didn’t have cellphones at that time and communication was as direct as it can be. At that time, Japan introduced us some of the coolest…

3 of the Most Famous Traditional Japanese Toys

There several varieties of Japanese traditional toys, folk dolls and games. Like most toys that have been in use for long periods of time, they are simple yet still fun and great for kids to use, or for adults to join in too! I have chosen three of these toys and games to introduce to…