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

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 ...

'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

Apr 25, 2015

'Star Wars' goods hit shelves in Tokyo, Kobe

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With the release of the seventh “Star Wars” installation looming in December, Toys “R” Us Japan Ltd. on Saturday opened dedicated in-store displays at its Odaiba and Kobe stores in an attempt to expand the fan base. “We launched this promotion because we’d like ...

U.S. consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

Nov 20, 2014

U.S. consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet (44 meters) and the Catapencil — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a ...

Toymakers set their sights on winning over grown-ups

Nov 11, 2014

Toymakers set their sights on winning over grown-ups

Toy makers are increasingly focusing on developing a wide range of toys for grown-ups, including goods to get parties off to an exciting start and items related to anime that adults enjoyed when they were kids. With these toys, companies hope to secure a ...

Kendama: a whole new ball game

Nov 8, 2014

Kendama: a whole new ball game

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Almost every child that has grown up in Japan has seen a kendama, a wooden traditional Japanese toy consisting of a ken (sword) and tama (ball) connected by a length of string. The ken has three cups and a spike that fits into a ...

Kendama: spin doctors

Nov 8, 2014

Kendama: spin doctors

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On the streets of Tokyo, Zoomadanke’s “Kodaman” (Takeshi Kodama) and “Easy” (Hiroki Iijima) look like any other young men in their 20s or 30s. The second they start playing kendama, however, the pair will put on a performance that completely redefines the traditional wooden ...