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Makers you’re in for a real treat, here are the photos from our visit to Gakken. I shot some video and I’ll put those up once there’s a fast connection or later next week.

I can’t promise anything yet, but we will be trying very hard to arrange for the MAKE store to carry some of the much sought after Gakken kits!

Here’s a bit about them… (from Concept puzzles)

Gakken Co., Ltd. was founded as a publishing company in Tokyo in 1946. Since then the company has grown to become Japan’s leading educational publisher with a staff of over 1200 employees and with sales of 821 billion Yen per year (about 6.5 billion USD).

Today, Gakken’s main business is in educational books and magazines as well as in other educational related products for nursery and school children. The company is well known to everyone in Japan from their kindergarten and school days. Illustrated text books, encyclopaedias in Japanese and in English, science books, picture books for infants and elementary students, educational magazines for high school students, school guides, child care, nursing and teacher training material are just part of the wide range of publications offered by Gakken.

Gakken also provides education-related products such as playroom, study room, computer room and science room equipment. In addition to being Japan’s number one publisher in the education market, Gakken is a significant publisher of general family magazines for men and for women in the areas of sports, music, art, history, animation, cooking, crossword puzzles, logic puzzles and more.

Photos here – Link.

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And some great photos from Fumi! – Link.