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Japanese Toys and Collectibles

Postby maichan » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:43 +0000

I like to collect a variety of things that relate to Japan, including items that have to do with Samurai, and other things that relate to Japan up to and including the Showa Era.

I'm sure many members here also collect Japanese toys from Gundam to capsule toys.

Please share your various Japanese toys and collectibles, old and new.
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Re: Japanese Toys and Collectibles

Postby maichan » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:04 +0000

I'll begin with a recent addition.

As some of you may know, my wife works for Mazda North America, and many of her co-workers are from Japan. There is always an influx of new workers coming from Japan, while others return after their term here in the USA, while still others travel back and forth on a regular basis. Mazda's headquarters are located in Hiroshima. It is a common practice for co-workers to bring back omiyage upon returning from Japan. Omiyage is in simple terms, a souvenir. This Capsule Toy was an Omiyage that my wife received from one of her co-workers. It is a souvenir of Hiroshima.

Do you know about Capsule Toys? They are similar to our gumball style vending machines. In Japan these are known as gashapon (ガシャポン) or gachapon (ガチャポン), also you might know them as Gacha Gacha, and they dispense Capsule Toys. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of themes and choices to select from. Capsule toys are often highly detailed and often require some assembly.

This selection are various items related to Hiroshima, and this particular one is a character from an anime. The anime is "Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni", or In This Corner of the World, and the character's name is Suzu.

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20180812_101920 by Michael Foertsch, on Flickr

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20180812_102217 by Michael Foertsch, on Flickr
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Re: Japanese Toys and Collectibles

Postby Maka » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:41 +0000

The detail on that capsule toy is amazing. I loved looking at those capsule toy vending machines when I used to visit my parents and later when we took family trips back to Japan. Thanks for sharing! Peace, maka
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