From the always spectacular BibliOdyssey comes Unaru no Tomo, six volumes of woodblock prints of Japanese toys by Shimizu Harukaze [really? Harukaze?], which was published in Kyoto over a 22 year span during the late Meiji-era [late 19th - early 20th c.].
BiblioOdyssey's got some highlights, but the Akita Prefectural Library has complete scans of all six volumes.
My absolute favorite is this toy boat, which makes me want to go down to the sushi bar, and get the biggest-ass lacquer boat they have--the ones for that crazy sushi platter you've never had enough people to order-- and slap some wheels on it, Then I'd take a silk ribbon from the hilt of my samurai sword and tie it onto the bow.
Then there's this odd dumpling-on-tracks toy, no idea what that's about, but it's one of the few that seem to give some hint of the massive modernization push that characterized the era. Someone in Japan has to be making Meiji-style, hand-carved toys these days, no? I'll look into it.
Toying with Japan [bibliodyssey via monoscope]
Unaru no Tomo, ill.: Shimizu Harukaze; pub. 1891-1913, Yamada Geisou-do, Kyoto [apl.pref.akita.jp]