Toys from Japan have always been innovative, from the 1954 Godzilla movie on, character toys sparked the imagination of generations. From cinema and TV, the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s brought us Kamen Rider, Ultraman, Super Sentai and many others still popular today.

The 80s also brought us the Nintendo revolution, a company that started selling cars and paper models to the Ultra Machine and Ultra Hand, it broke out with the Family Computer (Famikon) in 1983 and the NES in 1985 in the USA then the Gameboy which put it all in your pocket. The 2000s is really the digital age, less toys

Mr Wakaki of the Toy&Art Museum 古趣・北乃博物館 in Noboribetsu

Matt Alt’s Book: Pure Invention


▶︎ Is an amazing look through so many toys and Japanese inventions that changed our lives.

Some of my favorites in the museum (John Daub) Ultraman and Godzilla

🤖 Visit the Toy&Art Museum 古趣・北乃博物館

📍 If Wakaki-san isn’t there, visit his original toy store around the corner or call.

▶︎ phone: +81 143831730 / ワカキ玩具店 store: