WARNING: This post is going to come across as a cruel trick. Why? Because these ultra-cool wooden toys fashioned by Japanese artist, Takeji Nakagawa, aren't available in the USA. However, it doesn't stop me from showing you some of the amazing toys this modern-day Geppetto is making...
As described on the predominantly Japanese-language website:
Take-G toy’s is a ‘toy’ maker which mostly deals with wooden crafts
hand-made by Takeji (Take-G) Nakagawa (actual toys which are sold
online are restricted to Take-G blocks and zoo). My motto is to bring
wooden beauty and quality into life in my own style.
What do you relate future with? Cities full of metals, glasses and plastics in a SF movie???
What we really want is not that kind of future but one full of trees and something more natural. I don’t think humans can live without trees no matter what advances technology makes.
I wish my work, which carries such values, can grab imaginations of children of the past, present and future.
Takeji even makes a way cool wooden child's chair that also transforms into a scooter.
Check out take-g toy's website (though, be prepared to not be able to read much of it.) Maybe someday soon, we'll be able to play with these kinds of toys Stateside!
All photos copyright Takeji Nakagawa