Welcome to the forum Colin, it is always great to see some new members here, especially other 'northerners. Definitely not too many Bluenosers around, or at least active, so that is extra cool. So whereabouts in Cape Breton are you from? I completely get the feeling of not having anything local, and it does make it hard at times. The internet makes things a lot easier these days. The board is a great place to connect with a lot of like-minded individuals, an incredible library of information on Japanese toys, and, once you get used to it, such an amazing community to be a part of. Take a look around, dive randomly into the various subforums (it can be a little overwhelming at first), read and check out the pics, and just enjoy yourself. Heck, get the GF on here too if she is into it. Don't be afraid to ask questions; despite our reputation, we are generally very helpful folks. You might want to start out in the Show Your Collection threads, I know how a collection can build up in seven years! Are you into any particular makers right now, and what brought you in? Anyways, welcome. And sorry for the overly long welcome. JK, write more if you like. So much better than the usual "+1"s and "PMed".