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Toy Doctor in Miyazaki

There is a group of about thirty dedicated volunteer “Toy Doctors” in Miyazaki who run an organization called The Toy Hospital (“Omocha-no-Biyouin” in Japanese.)

As you have might have guessed, they mend broken toys.  Among them are retirees, public employees, students and others from various professions.  They even have a formal training program called “Training Course to Become a Toy Doctor” for those who wish to help.  There are 300 other similar organizations throughout Japan.

The Toy ClinicThe Toy Hospital operates every Saturday and Sunday in  places such as the Community Center, spaces donated by small businesses and in our local newspaper building (Miyanichi Shinbun) downtown.  Kids bring in their broken toys, get them mended — and pay for the service with a smile.

All toys admitted.  No health insurance required.

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This post was written by collaboration and contributions of the staff at WAWAZA Japanese Traditional Beauty and Wellness based in Miyazaki, Japan.
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2 Responses to No Health Insurance Required

  1. Avatar mirela says:

    That is so kind and pleasing. I wish we had ” toy doctors” here in Europe for all the children because not all can afford to buy new toys . I really believe it’s a great idea. What can be more gratifying than seeing a child smile when he gets his or her favorite toy mended.
    Thank you again for posting this.
    Have a wonderful and productive week.
    Mirela

    • Avatar Tidbits says:

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! Indeed; how nice it would be for the idea to spread! I can’t think of many other better things “grown ups” can do which beyond bringing joy to a child will instill principles in him or her to reduce waste, to care, to respects elders and to value resources.

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