Toy stores. Max and I went to one of the bigger ones here in Tokyo on Tuesday. I was shopping for a train set for him and lucked out because lo and behold, the 4th floor of Hakuhinkan had a huge Brio display and set-up. Brio is one of theolder companies (Swedish) that makes the wooden train tracks that you piece together like a puzzle. The small trains attach together like magnets.
I opted to spend more money on the Brio set after reading about lead paint findings in certain Thomas trains.
Max was in heaven and played for a good 45 minutes (it seemed like more) while I picked out a set for him and checked out some other toys in the vicinity.
We also had a good time with the stuffed animals and at the "arcade" area. Does anyone remember those weird Monchici monkeys from the 80s? Well, they had a ton of them.