Every year on the third Monday in September, Japan honors its’ elders with a special day of celebration- Keirō no Hi, or Respect for the Aged Day.
Japan has a very large elder population and the second longest life expectancy of any nation in the world. On Friday, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced that Japan has over 30,000 residents over 100 years of age.
I started when I was 7 in 1984, but really got into collecting again in 1993 and have been going strong since. How did you get started collecting Japanese transformers?
Thanks to my introduction to the internet. As I researched the rich history of Transformers on various Transformers websites I discovered that Japan got so much more stuff (toys and all) than the U.S. ever got.
What is the “dream” item for you?
I guess like a lot of other collectors, a complete, mint in box Grand Maximus.
What is your favorite part of collecting Transformers?
The childhood memories that are attached to the characters/toys and the thrill of finding that hard to find toy.
What is your favorite item you found thru Rinkya and why?
Goryu, one of the Destron Dinoforce members. I had managed to buy the other 5 Dinoforce members complete in their original boxes, but Goryu (the t-rex) had always eluded me. So I was very ecstatic when I found and won that auction.
How did you like the movie Transformers? Did it live up to your expectations?
Yes, I enjoyed the movie greatly…although I thought some of the humans just “got in the way”. Looking forward to the DVD release though as well as the impending sequel!