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 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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