Jun 19, 2015

Kiwamen Zukuri: Noodle-making with the kids

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No time to line up for delicious ramen noodles? Tired of cup noodles? Thanks to Megatoy, now you can enjoy quality ramen — in the comfort of your own home. Using ingredients that are easily available at local supermarkets, children can experience making ramen ...

Jun 19, 2015

Jewel Watch: It's all on the wrist

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Have a child who won’t stop asking for a mobile phone? The Jewel Watch can help. The Jewel Watch is a cute and compact toy where users’ can use the small rectangular face of their Jewel Watch to play a range of fun games ...

Jun 19, 2015

Avex Music Kendama: Having a ball with DJ Koo

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Gentosha Inc. is taking kendama, a classic Japanese ball-and-cup toy, to a new level with a little help from DJ Koo, a member of f the Japanese pop group TRF. Unlike most kendama, which are traditionally made of wood, the Avex Music Kendama has ...

Jun 19, 2015

The Secret of Kuma-chan: Look who's talking now

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With Takara Tomy’s new teddy bear Kuma-chan, the toy company has realized everyone’s childhood dream: a stuffed animal that talks. The teddy bear talks so naturally that Takara Tomy is being very tight-lipped about the technology that allows Kuma-chan to interact. Takara Tomy claims ...

Pokemon ring, Sailor Moon stick are among  top toys

Jun 11, 2014

Pokemon ring, Sailor Moon stick are among top toys

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Takara Tomy’s Pokemon Mega Ring was declared best boys’ toy in this year’s Japan Toy Prize contest, it was announced Tuesday. The top girls’ toy was a smartphone-type device called Puripasu, which can be used to network with game machines in video arcades. Thirty-three ...

Choppers, phones, tablets steal scene at Tokyo Toy Show

Jun 15, 2013

Choppers, phones, tablets steal scene at Tokyo Toy Show

A toy helicopter created from cannibalized smartphones was among the main attractions Friday at the International Tokyo Toy Show, where producers were targeting the young as well as the young-at-heart. The motor that makes a telephone vibrate powers the rotor blades of the Nano-Falcon, ...

Christmas in June for Tokyo

Jun 14, 2013

Christmas in June for Tokyo

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Who hasn’t been caught in the Christmas-gift shopping rush, and found themselves wishing they could have had private access to Santa’s workshop instead? Substitute the North Pole for an increasingly warm Tokyo, and you might have the closest thing to a modern-day version: this ...