I read an interesting article about a guy is rescueing stuffing animals in Paris.
Tomoaki Shimizu, he is a vintage toy collector, but he is not only to collect, restores them.
According to the "Theme" magazine's article, he has almost one thouthand of the stuffing animals(he said he is afraid to count).
He said each stuffing animal has a soul, they choose him to repair(he berieves in concept of animism).
It sounds really "Japanese"style of thought, I think-
You can see more about his life on his blog too(written in Japanese).