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The best of the Tokyo Toy Show 2011
From magic floating carpets to virtual fishing games, 3D paint brushes and robots made from garbage, it’s all here
Tokyo Big Sight plays host to the annual International Tokyo Toy Show this weekend, showcasing the brightest and the best -- and latest -- the toy world has to offer.
The show contains a vast array of games and toys for everyone from babies to adults, all available for the public to get its hands on and try out. More than 100,000 people attended last year's show, which was spread out across two floors and three huge halls.
Among the hottest trends on display this year are Tokyo Sky Tree-related games and eco-themed toys. Children's toys developed around iPad and smartphone designs are also popular.
Takara Tomy’s virtual fishing game is drawing large crowds and a mad science bath display with plenty of slime and gunk appeals to the kids.
But it wouldn’t be a Japanese toy show without its fair share of Anpanman, Disney, Hello Kitty and all the other character favorites with their own games, toys and digital fluffiness.
Check our our favorites from the show in the gallery above. Read more about the Tokyo Toy Show from CScout Japan.
The Tokyo Toy Show runs until June 19 at Big Sight. Tokyo Big Sight West Exhibition Hall No. 1-4
3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; admission free.
About the author: Darrell Nelson, a native of the U.K., has lived in Japan since 2002 and consults on innovation at the CScout Japan trends and innovation consultancy.