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:
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.
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.
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