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Plastic Model Shop: A Hobby Making Worlds Come Alive

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Plastic Model Shop: A Hobby Making Worlds Come Alive


A large plastic model kit store in Osaka Prefecture sells models, miniature trains, diorama supplies and other items. The model market has grown while people of all ages spent more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The store's customers include a man who makes model buses to relieve stress; a middle-aged woman crazy about making dollhouses; and a woman making a diorama as a birthday gift for her mother-in-law. For three days, we asked customers why this hobby is special to them.



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Joshin Kids Land in Nipponbashi.  I used to go there alot as they have one of the best selection of 1/80 scale Japanese outline railway models, at least in Kansai.  Spend less on the hobby nowadays so haven't visited recently.  As an aside I see the Gunpla craze/collector mania has intensified since then.  Noticed that you can find very few kits in the Yodobashi outlets nationwide compared to several years back.

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