The selection of a winner in most Designer Toy Awards categories is overseen by our current DTA Judging Panel. Comprised of a select group of professionals within the field - artists, producers, commentators, and others - each brings their unique expertise and perspective to the selection process. We are honored to introduce our standing DTA Panel.
Shinji Tomenosuke Nakako
In 2006, my hobby developed into a business when I opened the toy shop Tomenosuke I endeavored to popularize and spur sales of Western art toys, which were still a minority market in Japan. I have also developed Japanese-made sofubi-figures in collaboration with amazing artists from overseas, and jointly produced group exhibitions. In addition I have been putting a lot of efforts into developing replicas of props from cult science fiction films, with the Tomenosuke Blaster becoming a big hit product, exporting it all over the world. Currently, I am operating a new gallery shop at Gero-Onsen, which is a famous health resort and one of the three major hot springs of Japan.