I attended the 46th Shizuoka Hobby Show last Friday, one of the biggest toy fairs in Japan.
The event was held at the Twin Messe in Shizuoka from 17-20 May. The first two days are trade only with the last two days open to the general public.
The big names in Japanese toy production - Bandai, Tamiya, FineMolds, Diorama - exhibit their new lines to a large domestic and international group of buyers.
It was great to feel like a kid for the first hour among all the model trains, planes, helicopters and cars.
Bandai's Gundam was big as always but what caught my eye was the number of erotic fantasy toys on display. I spent my early youth building and painting Airfix Stukas and Spitfires with my Dad, not sure how I would have got on with some slim-hipped, busty Amazons on display here.
There are free shuttle buses to Twin Messe from Shizuoka Station South Exit.
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