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‘I can’t pinpoint the exact reason, but Paddington remains a somewhat distant character for me.” So wrote teddy bear aficionado Satomi Terakawa in an email interview. Terakawa harbors a lifelong love for stuffed toy bears, and spent 15 years designing and making teddy bears for a toy boutique in Ginza.

“My favorite bear is Pooh-san,” she says. “For me, Paddington is the ‘other bear.'”

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