We all were once in our childhood. Whether those memories were the best we had, or the least we liked to remember. Either way in those days, we had cling to something non- living to provide us fun and even companionship. Still can’t answer the riddle? Well, I’m simply talking to one but a rather general thing – toy!
Now I may be too old for brushing a doll’s hair or cooking in a make- believe tiny kitchen but I will never be too old in collecting toys, or rather that’s how Teruhisa Kitahara put it as he himself collected toys for the past 40 years that is enough to fill four toy museums across Japan.
Yes, for the past years, his toys made up the entire four museums one of which we visited in the town of Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi Prefecture . Located beside the famous Kawaguchiko lake in Mt. Fuji, the toy museum which is called Lake Kawaguchi Kitahara Museum“ Happy Days” delights every visiting tourist in all ages. It’s a two- floor building that brings up amazement and nostalgia from an entire room of music records, toy robots of the earliest decade, the oldest type of dolls (and Barbies) and even fan and movie posters dating back to the advent of printing and publishing.
It is truly an astonishing place being surrounded with toys that are pretty much way older than my grandfather. All the toys are secured in a tight glass and the museum’s ambiance is clean and spacious. The Toy museum is perhaps one of the best place to create a connection between the parents from their childhood to their children.
I can genuinely say how much I loved visiting this place. I may not be too old to know the earliest toys around but having to see my childhood flashing back right in front of me with all these toys I used to play, loved and even promised friendship with ( I know it’s silly) is such a pure feeling of bliss.