The Grandmaster of BibliOdyssey, Peacay, has done it again! This amazing post features illustrations of Japanese toy designs from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the twentieth.
As someone who has spent an inordinate amount of time over the last few years contemplating the philosophy of toy making--I found these drawings to be quite informative. As Peacay observes, there seems to be a minimum amount of western influence evident in these toys. But I can certainly see how the tide of inspiration began to flow from east to west as the century progressed.