Last month in Tokyo, I hung out with Novmichi Tosa, the quirky, highly talented man behind Maywa Denki. We did a quick interview for an upcoming issue of Make, and he even gave me a private demo of his many awesome musical gadgets. He has things like an accordion that simulates a human tongue, and flower-shaped xylophones that open and close and play awesome beats on their own.
Anyhow, Novmichi is having a "nonsense toy" workshop this weekend at his studio in Tokyo. It’s free, and open to the public, and promises to be highly entertaining. I would totally go, but I just left Tokyo to come back to SF on Sunday.
For those of you who are in Tokyo this weekend and are interested in making quirky, creative Japanese toys under the tutelage of one of the most talented product makers in the country, it’s Nov 21 and 22 from 10am-5pm at the Maywa Denki studio in Shinagawa ward. There’s more info here (in Japanese),or for a quick English briefing you can email them.