Muji’s City in a Bag and City in a Box series will bring you hours of endless tabletop fun. They are sort of like an artisan hipster Lego set, sans the mini-figs that are personally the highlight of every Lego diorama. They come in different configurations, such as Paris and New York — but my bias for Japan led me to buy both of their city sets for Tokyo and Edo.
It’s as simple as it gets: tiny wooden figures shaped like major Tokyo and old Edo landmarks. All the parts have been painstakingly sawed and glued together to make for smooth long-lasting seams. Paint is minimal — just some window detail on the Tokyo set, and the guard towers and the red lantern of Kaminarimon in the Edo set.
It’s a mix and match set — where you can swap out the old faded glory of modern day Kaminarimon with the ancient one sporting a fresh coat of paint. Have fun crossing the wooden bridges of old Edo — just don’t drive over them with modern Tokyo buses. And don’t forget to keep them out of reach when your cats come to investigate — they are tiny enough to mistake for kitty treats and could end in a disastrous trip to the vet >.>
Each set retails for JPY 1200 in local stores, and PhP 900 in these parts.