Fourth generation toymaker Masaaki Hiroi handcrafts toys in his workshop at the age of 80. In this AJ+ profile, he talks about his work, his classic toys, and aging. He wants to live until he’s 200 years old. An excerpt:

Cutting-edge technology is fun, but it’s a pity if children become absorbed only in those toys. There are traditional toys and traditional ways to play in Japan, one of them is spinning top. I am sad to see so many old toys become obsolete around the world. I can only wish that children continue to play with both new and old toy. I want to make people who buy my toys to laugh and make toys that anyone, old and young, men and women can enjoy. We are given such little time.

And via Laughing Squid, get up close looks at Hiroi’s creations:

Next: Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur, The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds, Making a traditional Kokeshi Doll, Minesaki Sougo’s Tumbling doll, and lots of spinning.

Thanks, Cecilia.

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