As you might know, the housing situation in Japan is terrible. Most rental apartments where business bachelors in urban areas squeeze themselves in are called “one-room apartment” just as its name, do not even have any partition to separate bed rooms, kitchen and store space. Families could not manage to own a house and have one room each for all family members. In Japan, it’s no more than a dream for maniacs to have a special room just to place their railroad model. Thus they usually secure spaces under their beds or in the closets for their dear dioramas as if they live in a Ninjya’s gadget-full premise. Gage N fitted these housing situations in Japan. And what is more, its delicacy ideal for a diorama, made up Japanese’s preference to gage N rather than smaller gage Z.
With this thing and that, gage N railroad model diorama targeted on middle-aged and elderly people is a hot item in Japan. Exquisitely done with reasonable price 483-609 yen (4-6US$), gage N diorama “Streets of the old days collection” (http://www.tomytec.co.jp/hobby/machi/index.html) by traditional Japanese toy maker TOMYTEC is a recent huge hit. Major publisher Kodansha’s “Making Showa period’s railroad model” (http://shop.kodansha.jp/bc/tetsudomokei/) is in great demand too. By collecting fascinating models attached to weekly published magazines, the reader will be able to complete a little railroad town in fifty weeks. The size of the whole town would be just 60 x 45cm- excellent to keep it under your bed!
“Fine-made while compact” is one of the important elements Japanese demands for toys as well as for all industrial goods.
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Kodansha, “Making Showa period’s railroad model” (Weekly magazine) http://shop.kodansha.jp/bc/tetsudomokei/
TOMYTEC, “Streets collection” http://www.tomytec.co.jp/hobby/machi/index.html