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Interior Lifestyle Living

If you're in the market for some new furniture, looking for that special something to take your interior to the next level, or you're just curious about the latest interior trends in Japan, then this week's "On Site" report is for you. Join fashion-friendly reporter Tomoko Maeda for a roundup of the greatest gear at Interior Lifestyle Living.

Schedule: Nov. 7 - 9, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

This comprehensive interior design event encompasses every aspect of lifestyle creation. Held twice annually, it's well known in the industry. The spring edition focuses on smaller items, while the fall event - the one we're featuring this time around - mostly features larger offerings such as actual furniture. That said, you can also find tableware, lighting, textiles, designer appliances and more from Japanese and international makers. It's an event that's followed by those in the interior and product design industries in particular. We give you an insider s look at the latest interior ideas from Japanese makers including a company that takes classic traditional crafts and brings them into the present day, an amazingly stylish and effective new rice cooker, a new take on the art of tea, interior accents created by repurposing unusual items, amazing art furniture, and a dazzling new designer desk.

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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.

- Messe Frankfurt Japan.
Shosankan 7F 1-3-2 Iidabashi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0072 JAPAN

- Coelacanth Shokudou. LLC
527 Nishihonmachi, Ono City, Hyogo Prefecture 675-1375 JAPAN

- Aichi Dobby Ltd.
1-28 Souen-cho, Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture 454-0821 JAPAN

- Lucy Alter Design Inc.
First Place 8F, 8-16 Shinsen-cho,Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0045 JAPAN

- Wired Beans Inc.
1-3-9 Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture 980-0014 JAPAN

- utrymme.
3-1-12 Matsugaya, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0036 JAPAN

- Crown Inc.
2-10-28 Kitaaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0061 JAPAN

- Nonprofit Organization Japan Integrated Design Support Association.
931-1 Haya, Oita City, Oita Prefecture 870-0854 JAPAN

A Glass with a Guarantee

Great glassware is one way to add a splash of color to your décor, and we found some amazing offerings at Interior Lifestyle Living. So great in fact, that this week's "Gadgets" segment is dedicated to it. We went to the factory to see the manufacturing process and learn all about their innovative new take on glassware recycling.

Another great find at Interior Lifestyle Living, were the Eternal Glasses offered by the uniquely named, Wired Beans. Manufactured by Tajima Glass, a glass maker in eastern Tokyo that produces both modern and traditional pieces, the product line is called "eternal," in that each piece comes with a lifetime warranty. What that means is that if you accidentally break your treasured drinking glass, all you have to do is send the pieces and they'll give you a brand-new glass of the same type. Naturally, the broken glasses are recycled. Beyond the level of convenience, the glasses themselves have unique qualities. According to one Tokyo café that offers taste tests of different kinds of water, the thin rimmed design of one of the Eternal Glasses is ideal for bringing out the unique yet subtle differences in H2O. These glasses are also just plain gorgeous, having also won several design awards.

  • A Glass with a Guarantee
  • A Glass with a Guarantee
  • A Glass with a Guarantee
  • A Glass with a Guarantee
  • A Glass with a Guarantee
  • A Glass with a Guarantee

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.

- Tajima Glass Co., Ltd.
4-18-8 Matsue, Edogawa City, Tokyo 132-0025 JAPAN

- MIZU cafe Inc.
6-34-14 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001 JAPAN

An "Eye-Controlled" Virtual Experience

Our "Special Report" is all about virtual reality. With more affordable home-use systems finally hitting the market, one Japanese company has come up with an innovative design that features a very handy user interface. Although it actually has nothing to do with hands... In fact, it works by following the movements of your eyes.

In recent years, VR technology has seen widespread use in industry; notably in the form of job training simulations. But in 2016, reduced-cost head-mounted VR display systems hit the market; ideal for gaming. These systems use motion sensors, which move the image according to the angle and movement of the user's head. This creates an immersive environment of sorts, but FOVE, a company founded in Silicon Valley, set up an R&D division here in Tokyo that's taken it one step further. Their new headset actively tracks the movement of the eyes. In a shooting game, for example, this means you can lock onto targets just by looking at them - very convenient. Beyond gaming applications, they've actually used it to help a disabled child to play the piano with his eyes. This is a product that's great for gamers, but it truly has the potential to benefit all of humanity as well.

  • An 'Eye-Controlled' Virtual Experience
  • An 'Eye-Controlled' Virtual Experience
  • An 'Eye-Controlled' Virtual Experience
  • An 'Eye-Controlled' Virtual Experience
  • An 'Eye-Controlled' Virtual Experience
  • An 'Eye-Controlled' Virtual Experience
  • An 'Eye-Controlled' Virtual Experience

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.

- Fove, Inc.
Stadium Place Aoyama 7F, 2-9-5 Kita-Aoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0061 JAPAN

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