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Feb. 15, Wed.

Antique Jamboree

The Antique Jamboree is an entire convention center filled with really old, really cool stuff! From the classic and traditional, to the off-beat and unique, there really is something here for even the most discerning antique collector. Join our antique-loving host, Matthew Masaru Baron, for this week's "On Site" treasure hunt.

Schedule: Jan. 13 - 15, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

There's something intriguing about objects with a long history. They are a direct connection to the generations that came before us. And the Antique Jamboree is Japan's largest antiques-related event. Bringing together hundreds of antique experts from all over Japan every time it's held, from true antiquities, to useful items from the more recent past, they have it all. While our focus is mainly on antiques from Japan, that covers a huge array of incredible items. Highlights from this year's coverage include classic Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyoe, an impeccably decorated traditional saddle that was a gift from the shogun to a loyal retainer, beautifully decorated Old Imari porcelain from the Edo Period, European disk-style music boxes lovingly restored by a Japanese master, crazy tin toys from the 50s, and a whole lot more of the greatest gear from the past!

  • Antique Jamboree
  • Antique Jamboree
  • Antique Jamboree
  • Antique Jamboree
  • Antique Jamboree
  • Antique Jamboree
  • Antique Jamboree

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.

- Antique Jamboree Executive Committee.
1-13-1 Ginza Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061 JAPAN

Augment Your Home Decoration

Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality or AR combines computer generated images - often in full 3D - with the real world. On our new segment, "App For That," intrepid decorator Tomoko Hayakawa will show you how some people are using this technology to make picking out the right furniture as easy as picking up your phone.

It can be all too easy to buy something on the web without properly checking the size beforehand. Especially in the case of interior items like furniture, this can be a serious hassle. Tokyo based software developer LivingStyle has come up with an appropriately high-tech solution. Using your smartphone and its camera, the app, dubbed RoomCo, allows you to select the model and color of furniture and virtually place it in your home. The app features products from a number of the most popular manufacturers and can even connect you directly to the maker's online storefront. In most cases, they use data published by the makers to create the models, but sometimes they actually take the measurements themselves as well. Apparently, they now have models for thousands of different pieces of furniture! The company is also developing a VR app for use with model homes.

  • Augment Your Home Decoration
  • Augment Your Home Decoration
  • Augment Your Home Decoration
  • Augment Your Home Decoration
  • Augment Your Home Decoration
  • Augment Your Home Decoration

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.

- Living Style, Inc.
Edogawa-Access 9F Yamabuki-cho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo162-0108 JAPAN

A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup

In this edition of our "Special Report," we'll taste test a truly quintessential Japanese dish: miso soup. People here take their miso quite seriously, which is why we were surprised to find a store in Yokohama devoted to freeze-dried products, with an emphasis on freeze-dried miso soup! Reporter Brian Hughes serves up the fun.

Freeze dried foods made in Japan are very popular overseas, and in the Yokohama storefront of freeze dried food specialist Amano Foods, many tourists come to buy them as gifts. Their products are also popular with the locals. In particular, the store offers over 100 different kinds of miso soup. At the company's factory located in Okayama prefecture, the miso soup is prepared by adding the ingredients to fish stock and blending in the miso paste, much like it would be at home. It's then poured into small, portion-sized trays and loaded into a massive freezer. The frozen soup is then transferred to the freeze drier, and placed under a vacuum in one of the largest vacuum freeze driers in the world. By placing the frozen food in a vacuum chamber, the moisture sublimes directly from ice to vapor. Then all that's left to do is and add hot water for a taste of Japanese home cooking you can enjoy anywhere!

  • A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup
  • A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup
  • A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup
  • A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup
  • A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup
  • A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup
  • A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup
  • A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup
  • A Warm Bowl of Freeze-Dried Soup

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.

- Amano Jitsugyo Co., Ltd.
9-10 Dosancho, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture 720-0813 JAPAN

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