Retro Japanese toys make childhood lottery dreams come true

Originally published on Sora News by Oona McGee

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These are the games kids used to play before Japanese video games.

Like old-school milk bars or corner stores in the West, dagashiya are small shops filled with cheap sweets that conjure up fond childhood memories for a lot of people in Japan.

Our Japanese-language reporter Saya Togashi still has a soft spot for dagashi (cheap sweets) even as an adult, and just the other day, when she was browsing through them online, she came across a familiar product that she couldn’t resist buying.

While this particular product doesn’t contain any dagashi, it’s something she often saw on

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