Retro Japanese toys make childhood lottery dreams come true

Originally published on Sora News by Oona McGee

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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