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Aug. 24, Wed.

FOOMA Japan

For this edition of our "On Site" segment, we'll learn about the business of food production with a visit to the International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition. Join reporter Akira Daniel Duncan as he checks out the latest innovations in systems that prepare, process, and package much of the food we all eat every day.

Schedule: Jun. 7 - 10, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition, or FOOMA, showcases products, technologies and services related to food processing, packaging and more. In particular, you'll see solutions for the factory floor relating to mechanization and automation in the Japanese food industry. These great new ideas address major industry issues like concerns over food safety, the increase in the number of people who chose to eat at home, the move towards food processing as a primary industry, and the shortage of domestic labor. Highlights from our coverage include a super-efficient conveyor belt oven, a very sanitary way to put on and take off rubber gloves, non-slip shoes, a robot that can handily handle packing vegetables, an automated skewering system, a high-tech sushi maker, automated weighing systems, an ultra-sonic cutter, and an ultra-fast packaging machine.

  • FOOMA Japan
  • FOOMA Japan
  • FOOMA Japan
  • FOOMA Japan
  • FOOMA Japan
  • FOOMA Japan
  • FOOMA Japan

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.

- The Japan Food Machinery Manufacturers' Association
FOOMA Bldg., 1F, Shibaura 3-19-20, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0023 JAPAN

- MASDAC Co., Ltd.
1-27-20 Kotesashimotomachi, Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture 359-1147 JAPAN

- MIDORI ANZEN CO., LTD.
5-4-3 Hiroo, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-8455 JAPAN

- FANUC Corporation
3580 Oshino-Mura, Minami-tsuru City, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0597 JAPAN

- KOJIMA GIKEN KOGYO Co.,Ltd
5-3-14 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture 252-0239 JAPAN

- FUJISEIKI Co., Ltd.
3-2-35 Nishitukiguma, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-9588 JAPAN

- ISHIDA CO.,LTD.
44 Shogoin-Sanno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8392 JAPAN

- Taga Electric Co., Ltd.
3-1-1 Yaguchi, Ohta City, Tokyo 146-0093 JAPAN

Coloring with Vegetables

Many kids - as well as adults - love to draw. The crayon in particular is a popular choice for creating art just for the fun of it. This installment of "Gadgets" brings you a colorful story with a new twist on these enjoyable art supplies; as we visit a company in northern Japan making crayons based on crops grown locally in the area.

Called "vegetable crayons," the latest line of products from Aomori-based company Mizuiro features a new take on the classic art supply with colors that come from domestically grown fruit and vegetables. The main ingredient is wax made from Japanese rice oil, which apparently gives them a slightly grainier texture. The idea came from CEO and designer Naoko Kimura's wish to make products that promote the local area, which is known for its agriculture. The colors are named after the fruit or vegetable used to make them; including cabbage, leek, corn, apple, and blackcurrant. The standard set has 10 colors in total. But don't worry - they're not wasting any food to make these products. They are mainly made from scraps and leftovers, like the blackcurrant variety, which is colored with the leavings that remain after the fruit is juiced. What a delicious and eco-minded way to make art!

  • Coloring with Vegetables
  • Coloring with Vegetables
  • Coloring with Vegetables
  • Coloring with Vegetables
  • Coloring with Vegetables
  • Coloring with Vegetables
  • Coloring with Vegetables
  • Coloring with Vegetables

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.

- mizuiro Inc.
2-20-13 Midori, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture 030-0845 JAPAN

Fit for a Samurai, Made Today

If - like many folks who are interested in Japan - you're a fan of samurai, then you won't want to miss this story. We'll visit a company that replicates samurai armor with incredible authenticity. It's all done by hand with attention to detail worthy of a true warrior. Learn all about the Way of armor in this week's "Special Report."

Shinobu Tanoue is the founder of a company called Marutake Industry. They were originally a maker of fishing rods, but thanks to Tanoue's unique hobby, around 40 years ago they began producing something altogether different. Samurai Armor. Their armor is handmade by artisans, with details that you'd never find on a costume-shop version. Indeed, much of the armor used in period dramas for both TV and motion pictures in Japan was made by Marutake. They also create custom armor for collectors, as well as unique armor that incorporates elements of western armor expertly blended with the traditional Japanese designs. They even repair and restore antique originals; helping to preserve important cultural treasures. Increasingly receiving orders from overseas, this booming business was recently given an award by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

  • Fit for a Samurai, Made Today
  • Fit for a Samurai, Made Today
  • Fit for a Samurai, Made Today
  • Fit for a Samurai, Made Today
  • Fit for a Samurai, Made Today
  • Fit for a Samurai, Made Today
  • Fit for a Samurai, Made Today
  • Fit for a Samurai, Made Today

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.

- Marutake Sangyo CO LTD
26-34 Goryoshita-cho, Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture 895-0061 JAPAN

- Samurai Armor Photo Studio.
7F King Bldg., 5-6 Maruyama-cho, Shibiya City, Tokyo 150-0044 JAPAN

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