This Month in Toys

This is just a small collection of some the bigger events going down in Tokyo this month. Bastu and Maru will of course be getting coverage, but if anyone happens to be in the Tokyo area I strongly encourage you to go. These events are usually a lot of fun, even if you’re not buying.

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What: 18th Tokyo Toy Festival

When: Sunday, June 8, 2008; 10am-5pm

Where: Tokyo Big Sight

Cost: 1000 yen

Link (Japanese): but with awesome video… http://www.toyfes.jp/

I think the video says it all. This is a huge flea market style event with a mix of official brand dealers and resale-ers. A variety of stage events are held throughout the day. Toys include everything from figures, vintage, Volks, cars, etc.

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What: Doll World Festival

When: Saturday, June 14, 11am-5pm; Sunday, June 15, 12pm-4pm

Where: Tokyo Industrial Trade Center

Cost: free

Link (Japanese): http://www32.ocn.ne.jp/~japandollworld/

An event for dolls of all varieties, in addition to doll related crafts and goods. On different floors of the same convention hall will be the related Tokyo International Miniature Show, and Japanese Teddy Bear Convention.

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What: Toyko Toy Show 2008

When: June 21 9am – 5pm; June 22 9am-4pm

Where: Tokyo Big Sight

Cost: free

Link (English): http://www.toys.or.jp/toyshow/english/index.html

Only new toys – most yet to be released – will be on display as companies from Japan and around the world try to find buyers. Press and hotshots have their own days – the 21st and 22nd are open to the public. They also have a variety of stage shows, mostly youth-oriented, but cool in a silly way.

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