In This Tokyo Toy Heaven, Kids Are Not Allowed

"Toique" is a new Tokyo space that offers a place to play with toys. The shelves are stacked with playthings. There are colourful tubs packed with toys. Big tables invite you to sit down and solve puzzles or play with blocks.

However, this isn't kid's play. In fact, those under the age of 15 are not allowed. Toique is adults only.

The name Toique is a mash-up of "toy" and "unique". Toique is a bar and cafe, but that's not why kids are prohibited. The concept is that Toique offers a space for adults to play in peace and quiet.

"There are many toy shops, but there aren't many places adults can play," Ikuto Shimizu, the cafe's owner, told Excite (via RocketNews).

Of course, there are arcades and video game bars in Tokyo, but there aren't many places for people to enjoy analogue toys and puzzles.

That's probably because, according to Shimizu, there's somewhat of a stigma in Japan that toys are things children play with. But since toys are things children play with, Shimizu thinks it's OK for adults to play with them, too.

While kids would probably enjoy playing with Toique's goodies, many of the toys are pricy, handmade wooden toys that cost hundreds of dollars, such as the Swiss made Naef Diamant.

Here's how Toique works: order something -- a drink or a snack -- and you can play with whatever toy you want for an hour. Food and drink are somewhat on the pricey side, but not outrageous for Tokyo.

And Toique's other rule should also please many patrons: no smoking is allowed.

Toique sounds like truly a serene place to unwind with a drink or a meal with a good puzzle or a good toy.

If you live in Tokyo or plan on visiting, here's more info on Toique (including a map link).

Photo: Toique


    The Japanese are seriously the weirdest people on the planet.

      I'd understand if it was like twister and lego pictionary and cards, but no, its like weird wooden stuff.

        how exactly are you gonna play twister while eating? Wooden puzzles and toys are awesome, they're much better than the easy to break cheap plastic toys that are everywhere.

    I love Japan and lived there for years, but this is exactly the short of peter p pan the country needs to put aside. Tachiagare Japanese men!

      Why do the Japanese men need to stand up, when this could also be aimed at women?

        Because women in Japan are expected, sadly, to have no ambition and be cute wives and dotting mothers. Not that motherhood isn't a huge and thankless task. But the lack of entrepreneurial spirit and drive to create newer things, too make waves, is suppressed in Japan. For a woman to lead the way would be fantastic. I just don't see it happening when people don't give then a fait crack atoit.

    Did you guys know that Brian Ashcraft lived in Japan?

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