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Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

This installment of "On Site," we'll visit a trade fair that brings Japanese lifestyle trends from Tokyo to the world. It's called Interior Lifestyle Tokyo and it throws the spotlight on pretty much anything you might want in the environment of your home. Fashion-savvy Tomoko Maeda is your personal guide for the event. Don't miss it!

Schedule: May 30 - Jun. 1, 2018
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Each spring, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo provides an opportunity for interior designers from around the world to meet and show off their latest offerings. In particular, the interior industry and the product design industry are the target audience. As a comprehensive international trade fair for interior products, displays range from tableware to interior goods, furniture, lighting, home textiles, household appliances, and more. Highlights from this coverage included cast-metal bowls and plates you can shape by hand, porcelain ware in beautiful shades of "Japan blue," ceramic ware that mimics fabric, charming and versatile furoshiki wrapping cloths, a venerable brand of knitted scarves made with old-fashioned slow looms, a multifunction desk that lets you make the most of a small workspace, and natural items encased in acrylic, and a new kind of "green toy" for adults.

  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Nousaku Corporation.
8-1 Office Park, Takaoka-City, Toyama Prefecture 939-1119 JAPAN

- Soekyu Seitosho.
4099-1 Oaza Yoshida, Ureshino-cho, Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture 843-0303 JAPAN

- Bunzan Seito.
1-7-1 Shirakawa, Arita-cho, Saga Prefecture 844-0007 JAPAN

- Yamada Seni Co., Ltd.
Shinmachidori Nijominami Iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 604-0031 JAPAN

- Matsui Knitting Crafts MFG., Ltd.
4-85 Honcho, Kiryu-City, Gunma Prefecture 376-0031 JAPAN

- Trinity, Inc.
2-14-17 Tohoku, Niiza City, Saitama Prefecture 352-0001 JAPAN

- Yagikuma Co., Ltd.
2-6-16 Terute, Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture 910-8586 JAPAN

- Usagi no Nedoko Inc.
37 Nishinokyo, Minamiharamachi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8432 JAPAN

Beat that Cabbage Down

Instant noodles are popular across the globe, but did you know they were first invented in Japan? In our "Gadgets," we check out a quirky contraption that can help when you're about to dig your chopsticks into a bowl of instant noodles. Reporting is our very own amateur chef and noodle-enthusiast Brian Hughes.

The first company in the world to produce instant noodles, Nissin Foods, recently held a crowd funding campaign to support the release of a product called "Kyabe Ban Ban." Its main purpose is simply to beat down the pieces of cabbage that stick to the lid when the noodles are ready to eat. The idea for this decidedly unique product came after the company saw comments on the web posted by many of their customers mentioning this cabbage issue. After some research, they found that about 4.2 tons of cabbage were thrown away every year because of pieces sticking to the lid, and looked for a way to help eliminate this massive waste. Their ultimate goal isn't to market this product; it's rather to send a message to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste. The people at Nissin hope the act of beating down the pieces of cabbage will become part of people's food culture worldwide.

  • Beat that Cabbage Down
  • Beat that Cabbage Down
  • Beat that Cabbage Down
  • Beat that Cabbage Down
  • Beat that Cabbage Down
  • Beat that Cabbage Down

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Nissin Foods Inc.
1-25 Kanda-Nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0054 JAPAN

Laundry Made Easy and Eco-Friendly

In our "Special Report," we look at a Japanese product that's great for both your personal environment and the planet as well. Its main ingredient is magnesium; the fourth most common element on earth. It's natural and simple but it could very well revolutionize the way we perform a common household chore.

"Terra Wash" is a substitute for laundry detergent developed by a metal processing company called Miyamoto Seisakusho that's been in business for over half a century. Filled with a 99.9 percent magnesium alloy, the Terra Wash sachets can be used and reused for a whole year. Magnesium doesn't normally react to water at room temperature, but the company found a way to make it happen. The reaction makes the water become alkaline, giving it oil-dissolving properties that melt the grime on clothes into the water. The alkaline water produced with the magnesium has also been shown to have high antibacterial properties. Thus, laundry hung indoors won't smell and the product even removes mold from the washing machine's tub and hoses. Sales of Terra Wash have already begun in parts of Europe, and the product is expected to go global in the near future.

  • Laundry Made Easy and Eco-Friendly
  • Laundry Made Easy and Eco-Friendly
  • Laundry Made Easy and Eco-Friendly
  • Laundry Made Easy and Eco-Friendly
  • Laundry Made Easy and Eco-Friendly
  • Laundry Made Easy and Eco-Friendly
  • Laundry Made Easy and Eco-Friendly

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Miyamoto Seisakusyo Co., Ltd.
2393 Mizumi, Koga City, Ibaraki Prefecture 306-0215 JAPAN

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