Tag Archives: Japanese toy

September 18

Uncuddly Stuffies

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that my sympathy runs deep for the poor toy designers who have to churn out new adorable stuffies when all the animals, vegetables, and foods that are even remotely cute have already been taken. I always gave them points for at least trying to make the wallflowers of the toy […]

January 20

The Angry Fox Ghost Vending Machine!

I thought I’d reached the highest level of gacha-gacha nirvana when I discovered the Angry Cat Ghost vending machine last year, but yesterday walking through what I’d previously thought of as the ninth-circle-of-hell Shinagawa station, I spied these: YOKAI FOXES! As you can see, they come in six, count ’em SIX, fabulous colors, three with lucky messenger-of-the-gods markings. And yeah, as you […]

December 10

The Best One-Size-Fits-All Gift EVER

Thank me now, because I’m about to deliver you from all your holiday shopping woes. I finally found a gift that’s perfect for EVERYONE!   But wait, why would anyone want a 4″ bendable plastic skeleton? Read on, my friend, read on! (And if you happen to go online and an hour later you’re still laughing at the endless #poseskeleton thread, don’t […]

July 21

Help, There’s A Hamster In My Drink!

Lately in Japan there’s been an explosion of vending machines selling little characters that perch on the side of your glass, so you never have to drink alone. But none of them has been nearly as cute as HAMSTERS. • Read a novel set in Tokyo  

June 25

The Angry Cat Ghost Vending Machine

Walking through Shinjuku station today, I discovered I had a burning need for angry cat ghosts. Fortunately, there was a bank of gacha-gacha vending machines smack in the middle of the concourse, ready to cater to all my feline spiritual needs. • After fending off angry cat ghosts, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo “A […]

May 26

Least Cuddly Toy Of All Time

Once you’ve exhausted all the cute animals, blown through the vegetable kingdom, and even exploited raw fish as toy characters, what’s left? Why, bones, of course! Introducing the toys that put some backbone into the category of “action figures.” You can buy the entire line of Pose Skeleton action figures from beyond the grave at Yamashiro-ya, in Ueno. A map […]

May 18

Tokyo Design Festa 2015: Seriously, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Last weekend, Tokyo’s Design Festa delivered a level of craziness so far beyond words that once again, I’m just going to have to show you pictures. First, from the double rainbow world of animal goods… Design Festa is held twice a year, in May and November. If you’re in Tokyo and want to go, a map to Tokyo Big Sight […]