INTRODUCTION OF STAFF & APPRENTICESHIPS

CEO/DESIGNER
SHIGERU KOBAYASHI

 "There is so much I would like to say to the world."
FURNITURE ART OBJECTS CRAFTSMAN
TOMOAKI FUJINO

 "Shigeru Kobayashi's designs are unique. Some are incredibly innovative, working with them is inspiring."
WOOD TOOLING
HIROMI MIZOGUCHI

 "From one piece of wood so many forms are created. The fragrance of the wood, the heat of the cut pieces ready to pop out and become something else, is magical."
MAKER OF TOPS
RIKA WATANABE

 "I love working with these spinning toys."

TOY CONSTRUCTION STUDIO CHIEF
HIROYUKI HAMADA

 "I will do this forever I hope!"
PAINTING EXPERT
MIYOKO SHIMIZU 

 "Such a feeling of innocence! I enjoy imagining children playing with the toys I paint."「
ACCOUNTANT & THEATRICAL DIRECTOR
HIROE KOBAYASHI 

 "Please listen carefully to stories born from deep within these mountains." 「
MONITOR OF TOYS
MAY KOBAYASHI

 "Even now she has many TV toy performances."
CYBERSHOP
KYOKO HAGA

 "Ginga Kobo Toys delivers the same joy to both little children and adults. Everyone loves our toys."
ALMIGHTY JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES
TASTUHIKO KANAI

 "Just leave it all to me!"
CYBERSHOP & NET MAGAZINE
KOZUE HAMADA

"As the mother of two boys, I find the idea of toys orbiting in cyberspace thrilling."
NAZUNA COLLABORATIVE HELPERS

MAMORU YUMIKAKE
AKEMI SHIROSHITA
TAKAYUKI KODAMA
SHINPEI ONIWARA
TAKASHI HIGUCHI
BABY TOY MODEL 3 MONTHS OLD
SWEET ARATACHAN

    "lalalala..."
SANDING & CONSTRUCTION
NAOMI NARUZAWA

 "I work alone、quietly listening to the sounds of the forest."  

Artist、 Translator、Consultant
TEI KOBAYASHI


"I love Ginga Kobo Toys. Absolutely another cosmos."

WOODEN TOY MAKER APPRENTICE
RYUUJI WATANABE


"I will devote myself to toymaking and someday make toys which are lovable and full of dreams."




GINGA KOBO TOYS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

APPLICANTS

Aspiring Independent Wooden Toy Creator
Aspiring Independent Wooden Toy Craftsperson
Aspiring Staff of Ginga Kobo Toys

RESPONSIBILITIES

Minimum 2 years/maximum 10 years. Study Hands-On Mechanics of Toy creator /craftsmanship. Learn Design, Construction, Management,Computer Abilities, Marketing Skills. The daily work schedule at Ginga Kobo Toys is 9am-4pm. After 4pm is free time for own creative explorations.Creation of one original toy per month is expected.

QUOTA

1-2 apprentices (Every year)

TIME PERIOD

Spring /Autumn

QUALIFICATIONS

Fun Loving
Well Versed in Wooden Toys
Familiar with Computers
Open Minded & Imaginative
Citizenship Open (Japanese or Engliish Abililty)

SELECTION

Application: "Yourself & Toys" Essay/ Resume & Portfolio
Interveiw & Aptitude Check
Ability to fulfil the demands of the lifetime commitment of a Toy Creator.
Ability to Work 24/7 with Toys.

FELLOWSHIPS

Ginga Kobo Toys provides no monetary support for the first 2 years. Sponsorship for daily life (accomodation+meals) during this time is necessary.
Fellowships are available according to work performance capabilites(after 2 years). After the third year of apprenticeship, option to join Ginga Kobo Toys salaried staff is possible. Royalties from own designs will be in addition to salary. Ginga Kobo Toys also supports apprentices who wish to create their own toy workshops.



FOR QUESTIONS & FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT :
GINGA KOBO TOYS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

E-mail g-k-toys●avis.ne.jp




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