"I work alone、quietly listening to the sounds of the forest."
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
Aspiring Independent Wooden Toy Creator
Aspiring Independent Wooden Toy Craftsperson
Aspiring Staff of Ginga Kobo Toys
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.
１-2 apprentices (Every year)
Well Versed in Wooden Toys
Familiar with Computers
Open Minded & Imaginative
Citizenship Open (Japanese or Engliish Abililty)
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.
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