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* This program was first broadcast on Apr. 8, 2015.

Hotel and Restaurant Show 2015

The hospitality business in Japan is known for it's exacting standards. And at the International Hotel and Restaurant Show, both major chains and local entrepreneurs alike can find a vast array of solutions to make your stay here as enjoyable as possible! Join Tomoko for an insiders-eye view in this week's "On Site" report.

Schedule: Feb. 17 - 20, 2015
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The International Hotel and Restaurant Show 2015, a part of Japan's largest hospitality related trade fair, which also includes areas dedicated to catering and food service equipment, focuses on solutions for hotels, inns and restaurants. Included in the show this year is an area dedicated to helping Japanese businesses serve the increasing number of overseas visitors with language solutions and other useful services. It seems that the weak yen as well as anticipation over the coming 2020 Tokyo Olympics are major contributing factors to the expansion of this already substantial market. Highlights from this year's show include offerings made of wood for creating more comfortable spaces whether you're in the conference room or the bathroom, super-durable tableware that looks like pottery but is actually aluminum, an AR system for sightseeing in any language, and super-smart menus.

  • Hotel and Restaurant Show 2015
  • Hotel and Restaurant Show 2015
  • Hotel and Restaurant Show 2015
  • Hotel and Restaurant Show 2015
  • Hotel and Restaurant Show 2015
  • Hotel and Restaurant Show 2015

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.

- HCJ Secretariat
http://www.jma.or.jp/hcj/eng/
Organizer Office +81-3-3434-1377

- Okawa Interior Promotion Center
Public Relations +81-944-87-0035

- Hinokisoken Co., Ltd.
Public Relations +81-46-238-4180

- Shimizu Tableware Co.,Ltd.
Public Relations +81-55-228-1151

- Tonami Shouten Co., Ltd.
Public Relations +81-766-21-1677

- Echizen Shikki
Public Relations +81-778-65-0030

- J&J Business Development Corp
Public Relations +81-3-5500-1691

- T.J. Promotion
Public Relations +81-3-5542-0955

- Xware Corporation
Public Relations +81-3-3474-0760

Tubular Furniture

For this edition of the "Gadgets" segment we'll take a look at some very unique furniture. As soon as a certain company introduced them at a furniture expo, it was flooded with orders. But what's surprising is that they aren't being made by a furniture company and they're made from materials that are not at all what you might expect.

When it comes to making stylish furniture, plumbing is probably the last thing to come to mind. But that's just what industrial pipe maker, Benkan, has done. They make giant pipefittings used in large factories as well as more common sizes used in homes, but director Sano says that such pipes and fittings have many more uses. They also support various infrastructure including electricity, gas, and water. The company felt that they should raise awareness of this fact as well as of their technical capabilities, and so they began making furniture. Each piece is painstakingly crafted using the specialized techniques they developed in making the pipes themselves, and then finished in a way that makes them both appealing and functional. The company motto is "With wisdom and courage, let's challenge ourselves to change!". It has definitely inspired them to make some very great gear.

  • Tubular Furniture
  • Tubular Furniture
  • Tubular Furniture
  • Tubular Furniture
  • Tubular Furniture
  • Tubular Furniture

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.

- BENKAN Corporation
http://www.benkan.com/en/
Public Relations +81-3-3777-1541

Eco Friendly in Style

Jeans are a quintessentially American garment, but some of the techniques used to treat and age them have been perfected right here in Japan. Unfortunately, this can involve chemicals that take a toll on the environment. On our "Special Report", we look at some newly developed techniques that wear out jeans, and not Mother Nature.

At a recent fashion event, the Japanese subsidiary of jeans maker Lee featured their latest denim pants made with organic cotton. In addition to using eco-friendly materials, their newest offerings are also treated using green technology developed with the help of a Japanese firm, Howa, which specializes in denim processing. The small company, based in Okayama Prefecture, has developed processes that give denim jeans the desired worn-out, vintage look, yet require very little water or dangerous chemicals. Some of their most advanced techniques include a robotic machine that automatically shaves jeans to wear them in select spots, an ozone bleaching system that helps fade jeans without the need for toxic chemicals, and a laser system that uses an image of real vintage jeans to etch the perfect pattern on a brand-new pair. These jeans are not just blue, they're also super green!

  • Eco Friendly in Style
  • Eco Friendly in Style
  • Eco Friendly in Style
  • Eco Friendly in Style
  • Eco Friendly in Style
  • Eco Friendly in Style

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.

- Lee Japan Co., LTD.
http://www.lee-japan.jp (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-3-5604-8948

- HOWA Corporation
http://howa-net.co.jp/en/
Public Relations +81-86-477-6060

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