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International Flower Expo Tokyo

Just about everyone loves flowers, and here in Japan, the floral industry is big business. While the country imports a large volume of flowers, domestically grown products are also on the rise. To find out more about this growing industry, join Tomoko Hayakawa as she reports from Flower Expo Tokyo for this week's "On Site" report.

Schedule: Oct. 12 - 14, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

When it comes to the world of flowers, the first thing to come to mind is color and beauty. And indeed that's surely why we love them so much. But beyond the flowers we see in nature and those we grow for ourselves, there's a significant number of connections to daily life. We see them as decorations, as symbols of joy and grief, and also as tokens of love. They're also an economy in and of themselves. At the International Flower Expo Tokyo, there are over 500 companies and organizations exhibiting, bringing together pretty much everything flower and gardening related under one roof. We look at some of the highlights, including gorgeous cultivated flowers bred by experts, luxurious blooms decorated with diamond dust and gold leaf, stunning preserved flowers, a new soil substitute, eco-friendly flowerpots, gardening fashions, and some amazing examples of the bonsai art.

  • International Flower Expo Tokyo
  • International Flower Expo Tokyo
  • International Flower Expo Tokyo
  • International Flower Expo Tokyo
  • International Flower Expo Tokyo
  • International Flower Expo Tokyo
  • International Flower Expo Tokyo
  • International Flower Expo Tokyo
  • International Flower Expo 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.

- Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
18F Shinjuku-Nomura Bldg., 1-26-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 163-0570 JAPAN

- Kochi Prefecture International Affairs Division
1-2-20, Marunouchi, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture 780-8570 JAPAN

- Leaf Co., Ltd.
173 Obukuromatsu, Hosoyacho, Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture 441-3113 JAPAN

- Birdy Plan Co., Ltd.
2-19-8 Shimane, Adachi City, Tokyo 121-0815 JAPAN

- Fujick Co., Ltd.
1-17-16 Akatsuka, Itabashi City, Tokyo 175-0092 JAPAN

- Imanoniwa.
74-2 Yaozaki-cho, Nishi-ku, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture 860-0044 JAPAN

- Montbell Co., Ltd.
2-2-2 Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 550-0013 JAPAN

- Omiyabonsai.
Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau
682-2 Nishiki-cho Omiya-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture 330-0853 JAPAN

Wood that's Easy on the Ear

In this week's "Gadgets" segment, we bring you a look at a very special pair of headphones. From wall paneling in concert halls to speaker cabinets, when it comes to making music, wood is never far away. But one thing you don't see very often is a pair of headphones made almost entirely from wood, but that's exactly what these are.

What better way to enjoy listening to music while taking a quiet walk among the trees than a pair of headphones made of wood? The headphones in question are made of Japanese beech wood, and are called "Konohazuk H3." Named after a type of owl native to Japan, they were created and commercialized by designer Yuki Iida. According to Iida, the wooden housing of the ear cups greatly improves their sound quality. However, the real challenge in their development was the construction of the wooden headband. Working together with craftsman, Masao Yamakoshi, they developed the headband over a period of nearly three years. The construction, which features two 1mm-thick sheets of beech plywood glued together, gives the headband surprising springiness. It's also been finished to perfection ensuring comfort as well as aesthetics. Sure sounds like great gear to us!

  • Wood that's Easy on the Ear
  • Wood that's Easy on the Ear
  • Wood that's Easy on the Ear
  • Wood that's Easy on the Ear
  • Wood that's Easy on the Ear
  • Wood that's Easy on the Ear
  • Wood that's Easy on the Ear
  • Wood that's Easy on the Ear

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.

- Konohazuk LLC.
2-2-15-1403 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062 JAPAN

Metallic Origami

The word "origami" is quite literal. "Ori" comes from the verb "to fold" and "gami" is a form of the word for paper. In this "Special Report," we'll look at something called "Oriami." "Ami" comes from the word for weaving, and indeed this is a new take on the classic art of folding paper using woven metal originally for industrial use.

Oriami was created by a company called Ishikawa Wire Netting, Japan's top manufacturer of products made with metallic mesh for industrial and other uses. Originally, the company made wire netting mainly out of brass, but today, it mostly uses stainless steel, molybdenum, titanium, and tungsten. The development of the new product was assisted by origami artist Mariko Miyamoto. The company approached her with various samples of metal mesh, and asked her to fold them into a rose pattern. Having confirmed the possibilities, they decided to commercialize the product. According to Manabu Okutsu, the foreman of Ishikawa's factory, they chose the materials used for Oriami based on their foldability, but there were also aesthetic considerations. Currently, it is available in three types of materials, gold-colored brass, silvery stainless steel, and one-hundred-percent copper.

  • Metallic Origami
  • Metallic Origami
  • Metallic Origami
  • Metallic Origami
  • Metallic Origami
  • Metallic Origami
  • Metallic Origami
  • Metallic Origami

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.

- Ishikawa Wire Netting Co., Lyd.
5-2-6 Arakawa, Arakawa City, Tokyo 116-0002 JAPAN

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