TOKYO EYE 2020

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October 18, 2017

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Tokyo's Coolest Toys

This time on Tokyo Eye 2020, our theme is toys. From the traditional to the high-tech, Tokyo is filled with unique, original toys that show Japan's playful side.

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Hakuhinkan Toy Park A toy store founded in 1982. Its five floors contain a total of 200,000 items, including typical children's toys, plus cartoon character merchandise, video games, robots and more. Fun for kids and adults alike.

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Sukeroku A toy shop that's been in business for over 150 years. Specializes in tiny toys that have been popular since the Edo Period, all of which are handmade by artisans. Over 3,500 unique-to-Japan items available.

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Cafe Kotetsu This cafe, opened in 2016, contains as its centerpiece a large model train kit, which visitors can watch as they eat. Features a space where children can play with model trains. Very popular with both children and their parents.

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Toy Hospital A volunteer group that operates all over the country fixing broken toys. For this episode, we visited the branch in Shinjuku Ward, which operates every Tuesday. Repairs are just ¥100 plus the cost of parts.

Further Info

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1) Hakuhinkan Toy Park
Address: 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku
2) Sukeroku
Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku
3) Cafe Kotetsu
Address: 7-9-11 Nishiogu, Arakawa-ku
4) Toy Hospital
Address: Shinjuku Recycle Katsudo Center,4-10-2 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku

Reporter

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Joann

Nationality:
American(Hawaii)/Japanese
Occupation:
Bilingual TV host, interviewer and MC
When did you first come to Japan?:
23 years.
Reason for coming to Japan:
I like Tokyo because it's super international, exciting and fast-paced! There is always something happening in Tokyo...it's definitely a city that rocks my world!