Thursday, September 24, 2009

Piece of Peace

The Parco department store in Chofu has an exhibit on display in their toys section on the 5th floor, called Piece of Peace, Part 2. It's a collection of world heritage sites, including the Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame and the Great Wall of China, all constructed with Legos by Kazuyoshi Naoe. It first opened at the Shibuya store, then went on tour to Nagoya before apparently returning to Tokyo. Part 1 was created 2 years ago, when I was still in the U.S. Along with the building models, there's a table where kids can play with a handful of pieces, and a place where you can buy a variety of sets for your own.

There've been complaints lately that the Lego company has drifted away from it's original concept of having fun just building things using your imagination, towards more commercial, self-contained models specifically for making Star Wars and pirates sets. But, you've got to admit, the architectural sets are pretty cool.

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