“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).

+ Chigo

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