Japanese contemporary artist Hiroshi Fuji recently put on a shocking exhibit in Tokyo that consisted of 100,000 unwanted toys. Collected from across Japan over the last 13 years, the countless toys are sometimes separated and grouped together demonstrating, according to Reuters that, "the more something is loved, the more it’s produced and the more it’s abandoned."
"Today, many fast food restaurants offer plastic toys featuring popular cartoon or movie characters with kids’ meals. Most of them, commonly made from inexpensive plastic, easily break and lose pieces. Therefore, they are forgotten or disdained by their little owners very quickly and end up going to a landfill."
The exhibition, titled “Central Kaeru Station — Where Have All These Toys Come From?” may look like a kid's paradise but it's also a poignant reminder of how we've become a society of mass consumption. The silver lining is that after the exhibition, Fuji recycles these unwanted toys by giving them back out to community groups. In addition, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, the gallery where the exhibition was held, encouraged people to bring in their old toys and swap them out with others, further promoting the idea of recycling.
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