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Asia's first female Lego master builds bridges to brick fans

Japan's Kanna Nakayama dreams up models without putting pencil to paper

Lego master model builder Kanna Nakayama typically assembles her designs with no need for a physical blueprint. (Photo by Karina Noka)

OSAKA -- Kanna Nakayama's Osaka workshop is a space 5 meters square with the air of a university research lab -- albeit one packed with thousands of kinds of Lego blocks.

Bright-eyed children peer in through the window to see the handiwork of Asia's first female Lego master model builder at the Legoland Discovery Center in Osaka. The workshop features a complex array of models dreamed up by Nakayama, from a ukulele to a replica of the Tower of the Sun, an Osaka landmark built for the 1970 World Expo.

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