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Play with some Models

July 1, 2012

Well, OK I’m referring to plastic models here!


Tokyo certainly offers variety, and one thing on the long list of things to do and see here that you might not be aware of is the Tamya Factory Shop in Shimbashi.

For the uninitiated, Tamya is a popular maker of plastic kit models, highly prized for their attention to detail.

Now, Shimbashi is probably best known as a haunt of salarymen (male office workers and business men) looking for some relaxation. So there are lots of inexpensive restaurants, bars and other establishments offering more… adult services.

So a plastic model shop might seem a little out-of-place here. But if you go in on a weekday you soon see that the customers pouring over the merchandise are overwhelmingly those same salarymen in suit and tie. It’s a generalization, but the Japanese don’t do things half-heartedly, and this is serious fun!

Tamya shop Shimbasi

Salarymen racing cars at the Tamya Factory Shop

The shop stocks around 4000 different model kit from plastic cars, planes, ships and military vehicles all the way up to sophisticated (and costly) radio-controlled vehicles. On the 2nd floor there is a large layout for model car racing and this sees a lot of action on week-nights and on weekends.

The Tamya factory shop is a 5 minute walk from Shimbashi station. Exit via the karasu mori exit (烏森口).


From → Shimbashi

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