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Monday, 18th June 2012
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Tokyo toy shop opens for adults only

Located in the heart of the city, Toique is a toy shop with a difference: children are not allowed in.

Instead, the shop is adults-only, with stressed-out executives joining students and tourists in playing with the latest toys, including old-fashioned puzzles and building blocks, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo.

The shop also boasts its own cafe and bar, meaning patrons can stay for hours and unwind surrounded by hundreds of modern and traditional toys.

Speaking to the Kotaku news website, Toique's owner Ikuto Shimizu explained that his spaces is unique, largely as it breaks a long-standing Japanese taboo by allowing adults to play with toys.

"There are many toy shops, but there aren't many places adults can play," he explained.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Pretty Green – the fashion label set up by Oasis and Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher – is to open a new store in the Aoyama shopping district of Tokyo before the end of the year.

Written by Mark Smith

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