Japan's coolest plastic models on display in Shizuoka

A major exhibition of plastic models is currently underway in the central Japanese city of Shizuoka, with visitors from overseas for the first time in four years.

Around 100 domestic makers of models and related products are displaying their wares at the Shizuoka Hobby Show.

Shizuoka Prefecture accounts for about 90 percent of the plastic models shipped in Japan by value.

One of the creations is a model of the famous DeLorean car used in the movie series, "Back to the Future."
Another is a Gundam robot based on a famous samurai warlord.

Foreign buyers were kept away by the pandemic for the past three years.
Buyers from over 10 countries were seen negotiating at the booth of one Shizuoka City-based model maker. They came from Thailand, Germany the United States and elsewhere.

A buyer from the US said he had already placed some orders, and was excited about the new products.

The head of the event's organizer said the world wants Shizuoka's products, and that it was great to see visitors from overseas.

The event is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, although pre-registration is already closed.