#Video: @matthewallardacs for AJE ••• Masaaki Hiroi is a fourth generation craftsman. In his cluttered workshop, the 80-year-old is keeping the art of handmade toys alive. “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.” says Hiroi. “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. I wish I could live to 200… I can work hard and do a better job!”
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