Chigo Playthings – Stylish, Natural Japanese Wooden Toys

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“Not now son, daddy is playing.” That would likely be the exchange if we had any of the beautifully made Chigo Japanese wooden toys in our home. I remember playing with these toys as a child, and how the simplistic beauty would stimulate my imagination for hours on end. Especially the seemingly magical wooden tops, which actually turn upside down on their heads while spinning (YouTube clip)!  Chigo was established in Japan in 2005 to provide a range of products with an emphasis on artisanal craftsmanship. Each piece is handmade from all-natural, local wood and embellished with natural pigments. Chigo Playthings include a variety of toys from the exceptionally chic wooden cellphone and camera to a puzzle pizza, a bowling set, and more. Prices range between 21,000 yen/$235 (for the kitchen set) and 945 yen/$11 (for a set of tops).

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2 Responses to “Chigo Playthings – Stylish, Natural Japanese Wooden Toys”

  1. blockhead says:


    Your entry about Kapla blocks has a link to Glamma Toys which displays a page for a competing brand of blocks called citiblocs. Kapla does not have a 1200 piece set and Glamma toys may be violating trademark laws by using the Kapla trademark to direct people to its site from the kaplatoys website and then offering citiblocs instead. Glamma toys only sells Kapla books to support its citiblocs products. Glamma offers one small color set of Kapla blocks. I do not know if inhabitots has any association with Kaplatoys or Glamma toys. Kaplatoys represented Kapla until kaplatoys created their own citibloc to compete directly with Kapla or replace Kapla. I do not believe they are authorized to use the Kapla name at this time.

  2. Deedo says:

    Can somebody please let me know where to buy Chigo toys online?

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