For some time now we have been on the hunt for a Japanese toy range that is skillfully made, thoughtfully designed, gorgeous to look at and has both a playful and educational function.
Mastro Geppetto wooden toys ticked all these boxes, and we are excited to now have them in stock!
In the summer of 2009 in Minami-Aizu, a team of woodcraft people, a wooden furniture company, sawmill workers and a toy maker/designer Shuhei Tominaga got together and created the Mastro Geppetto toy company.
‘Noe’, inspired by “Noah’s Ark”, contains twelve superb individually – crafted cedar pieces and is presented in a beautiful cedar box designed for display, gift giving and presentation – a special gift that will last many lifetimes and be played with many generationally linked fingers.
Made from a special yellow cedar, Noe is resistant to water so it can be played with in the bath. Under a little pressure, the animals will stick for a while to the bath and tiles! The cedar scent is relaxing and delicate, making playing and bathing even more enjoyable.
Wood has such a comforting, honest feel, and these toys make you realize just how wonderfully simple the concept of “toy” can be. You and your child will stop and slow down to balance, arrange then rearrange, and imagine playful adventure stories and animal conversations together for many years.
We know they’ll make you smile!
*all photos courtesy of Mastro Geppetto