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Gaishoku Business Week 2018

This installment of "On Site" introduces a trade show aimed at putting Japan's latest food-related technologies into the kitchens of some of its best eateries. Join Akira Daniel Duncan as he looks at the latest cooking tools and equipment, new styles of restaurants, and some uniquely Japanese ingredients at Gaishoku Business Week.

Schedule: Schedule: Aug. 28 - 30, 2018
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Gaishoku Business Week covers nearly every aspect of the restaurant business in Japan from traditional washoku restaurants to ramen shops along with soba and udon noodle shops, western-style restaurants and cafés, and so on. As an industry constantly in flux always looking to attract new customers and create new markets, restaurant owners, operators, and related industry professionals are there to check out the latest trends and form relationships with others in the field. Highlights from our coverage include a little robot that can shape cooked rice for a variety of mouthwatering uses, small and easy-to-use pasta-making machines, a clever water-saving faucet attachment, specially coated dishwasher-safe chopsticks designed for restaurant use, absorbent sheets that help keep fish and meat fresh and delicious, ramen soups and noodles, and an indoor plant cultivation system that features a proprietary growing method involving alternating exposure to red and blue LEDs.

  • Gaishoku Business Week 2018
  • Gaishoku Business Week 2018
  • Gaishoku Business Week 2018
  • Gaishoku Business Week 2018
  • Gaishoku Business Week 2018
  • Gaishoku Business Week 2018

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.

- Audio-Technica Corporation
7-2-1 Naruse, Machida City, Tokyo 194-8566 JAPAN

- Fujiseiki Co., Ltd.
3-2-35 Nishitsukiguma, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-9582 JAPAN

- Earth & Water Co., Ltd.
SD Build 3F, 3-18-3 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047 JAPAN

- Wakasanuri Center Co., Ltd.
2-1-28 Unpin, Obama City, Fukui Prefecture 917-0096 JAPAN

- Unicharm Corporation.
Sumitomo Fudosan Mita Twin Build West Wing, 3-5-27 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8575 JAPAN

- Teppen Dash Company.
2-12-2-108 Hanabatake, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture 300-3261 JAPAN

- Showa Denko K.K.
1-13-9 Shiba-Daimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8518 JAPAN

Yakitori at Home Without the Smoke

It's not too much to say that yakitori is one of Japan's soul foods. Japanese people love yakitori but for most, it's just not practical to cook it at home. On this edition of "Gadgets," we'll try out a new product designed to make it much easier to throw your very own DIY yakitori party.

Thanko is a company that develops unique home appliances and other creative products. One of their latest inventions is a device that makes it simple to cook yakitori at home. Smoke is the main deterrent to making yakitori indoors. To solve this, Thanko's machine places the heat at the center and the skewers stand upright. The device comes with 10 metal skewers that rotate automatically so they cook all the way around instead of just on one side. Each skewer turns individually, spinning in place around the 800-watt heater, but only one is actually connected to a motor; the others turn by interlocking with each other. Cooking time is only about 15 minutes. The company says "fun" is the key concept for their home appliances, and for this product, the fun part is watching the yakitori cook as it rotates without worrying about smoking up the house!

  • Yakitori at Home Without the Smoke
  • Yakitori at Home Without the Smoke
  • Yakitori at Home Without the Smoke
  • Yakitori at Home Without the Smoke
  • Yakitori at Home Without the Smoke
  • Yakitori at Home Without the Smoke
  • Yakitori at Home Without the Smoke

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.

- Thanko Co., Ltd.
Kanda-Ishikawa Build 4F, 4-9-8 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 JAPAN

A New Dimension to Your Printing

Our final segment, "Special Report," features a unique kind of printer that uses heat instead of ink to print. It's a new kind of printer that aims to help make life a little easier for the visually impaired. It's not exactly a 3D printer but it allows people with visual disabilities to read and share all kinds of printed materials, from text to maps.

"Easy Tactix" is a printer that can produce documents in relief. Naturally, it prints raised text as well as braille, but it can also print detailed maps and charts. Combined with previously printed color documents, it can add an emboss effect to artwork and photos. This unique printer was created by software developer Sinka in collaboration with Mr. Akihiro Arakawa, who completely lost his sight at the age of nine. The printer uses special paper developed in-house that bulges when heated from underneath, thus creating an emboss effect. About the same size as a small home inkjet printer, Easy Tactix was released this summer as the world's first household emboss printer. Not only can it help increase the autonomy of the visually impaired, by allowing them to share printed information, it could also become a bridge between those who see, and those who don't.

  • A New Dimension to Your Printing
  • A New Dimension to Your Printing
  • A New Dimension to Your Printing
  • A New Dimension to Your Printing
  • A New Dimension to Your Printing
  • A New Dimension to Your Printing
  • A New Dimension to Your Printing
  • A New Dimension to Your Printing

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.

- SINKA Corporation.
Seiroka-Tower 32F, Akashi-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0044 JAPAN

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