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Travelers’ Treasures / Maarui Tsumiki mini (Mini round wooden building blocks)

Japan is a land blessed with forests and water since ancient times. In fact, 70 percent of the country is covered with forests. Gifu Prefecture is also blessed with nature and ranks second in the nation in the proportion of forested land. Maarui Tsumiki mini (mini round wooden building blocks) were created from 16 types of wood, including Japanese cypress from Gifu Prefecture. They are fashioned after the stones found in the numerous rivers that run through Gifu. Since they are unpainted, not only can the differences in texture, color, and weight be felt, but the scent of the wood can also be experienced when played with. Stacking, lining up, rolling, hitting, and touching the wood stimulates all five senses in children to boost their imagination and creativity. This outstanding award-winning product won the Director General of the Forestry Agency Award in fiscal 2014 for utilizing the quality of domestic materials, a recognition given only to one toy.

Price: ¥8,640 for 16 pieces

Manufacturer: Gujo Waribashi Co. in Gujo, Gifu Prefecture (http://www.gujowaribashi.com)

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