Goods from Japan: Toys!

Here is the first of a few posts about my fabulous finds from Tokyo. I went there with three things on my mind : Toys, Fabric, & Books. As I am unpacking I am realizing that I didn’t really get as many toys as I thought I had. I also bought a bunch of little toys from the capsule machines all around town. They are all over our suitcases though and I will have to unpack a bit more to find them all.

I am using the lovely fabric below as a backdrop. It is the first of many I will be showing you (in a later post). You can click on it to see a larger picture if you are interested.

8.14.07 - Finds from Japan

I purchased 9 of these little kewpie doll friends. You could pick a vegetable hat, fruit hat, or animal hat, but it was a surprise as to which one was in the box. Sadie and I fell in love with them all, but she loved the Daikon Radish twins best, and I liked the tomato head. I have been craving tomatoes like crazy, and I imagine old Tomato head is what “Sweetus the Fetus” will look like.

8.09.07 - One mama & the babies
8.09.07 - Daikon Twins

8.09.07 - Tomato baby!

I bought Sadie a red Unazukin and myself a green one. They were supposedly based on birthstones, but I couldn’t find either of our birthday months at Kiddyland, so I went for color instead. You can see the red one up in the picture with all the babies. Sadie called it the mama. These ladies are pretty cute. Once you turn them on, you can ask them a question and then they nod their heads yes or no.

8.14.07 - Finds from Japan

I’m not sure what this other doll is. I think I will have to have my sister-in-law over to tell me what the hell this doll is saying! It says a lot of stuff in Japanese and then eventually falls over. She wobbles her arms all about and is very cute.

I am very attracted to vinyl dolls as of late, and being in Japan only served to inflame that desire. I didn’t have the funds available to buy the really super cool stuff I found, but I could bring home a couple of small friends. These are from a popular television show called Anpanman.

8.14.07 - Finds from Japan

This vinyl doll is named Bell, she is from a line of toys and paraphernalia called Robin with his 100 friends. There were a bunch of these, and of course I am wishing I had bought them all. She is about 5″ tall. I also got two smaller friends from a capsule machine, but they are hiding somewhere in the suitcase.

8.14.07 - Finds from Japan

Here is a soot sprite I bought at the Ghibli Studio Museum shop. This was the most crowded place I have ever been in my life. I was lucky the tide of people pushed me towards the table where these were, because I never would have made it to him otherwise. (He is from the film “My Neighbor Totoro” if’n you didn’t know.)

8.14.07 - Finds from Japan

I don’t know anything about the line this little hippo comes from. It’s called “Annie’s Little Train” This character I think is called Colobockle, but for some reason I keep reading it as Cockblockle, which I like a lot better anyway. I really liked her rosy cheeks and I also found her construction inspiring.

8.14.07 - Finds from Japan

Lastly, I found this in a little store called Swimmer. Basically, everything from that store made me giddy, but for some reason this was the only friend I brought home. It’s a lotion/soap dispenser, but I don’t know if we are going to put it into practical use or not. Sadie is also very fond of this friend, so it’s probably wise not to fill it.

8.14.07 - Finds from Japan

Look for upcoming posts including: Kitchenware, Fabric, & Books!