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Mar. 23, Mon.

Special Edition Part1

For part one of our "Special Edition", we take a look at two reports that showcase the heartfelt craftsmanship that's a big part behind the magic of all things "Made in Japan"; the amazing carpets known as "Yamagata Dantsu", and the finely crafted dollhouse miniatures of TYA Kitchen.

Oriental Carpet Mills:

Oriental Carpet Mills

Oriental Carpet Mills combines techniques originating in Persia with Japanese aesthetics, to make carpets that are more art than floor covering. They even worked together with renowned architect Kengo Kuma to design a breathtaking carpet for the Kabuki-za Theater in Ginza.

* This segment was first aired on Feb. 9, 2015. You can watch the full version of the video on our archives.

TYA Kitchen Dollhouse Miniatures:

TYA Kitchen Dollhouse Miniatures

TYA Kitchen is famous for its dollhouse kitchen appliances. The family business started when the owner's wife asked him to make a copper pot for her dollhouse. A metal worker by trade, he accepted the challenge and as a result they now make and sell a variety of miniature items worldwide. They also make amazingly detailed dioramas.

* This segment was first aired on Nov. 24, 2014.

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.

-Oriental Carpet Mills Ltd.
http://www.yamagatadantsu.co.jp (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-23-664-5811

- Minityubouan
http://minityuan.ocnk.net (Japanese only)
Main Office +81-3-3893-0996

Special Edition Part2

Part two of our "Special Edition" brings you a look at the greatness of Japan's young entrepreneurs. With creativity and a sense of adventure, they represent the next generation of Japan's great gear. We visited three young architects making it big in a small city, look at a bicycle you can walk all over, and play with a smart toy that'll really get you moving and grooving.

403architecture [dajiba]:

403architecture [dajiba]

"403architecture [dajiba]" is a firm that was founded by three young architects. Rather than designing big-scale, modern buildings, they decided to focus their work on preexisting smaller buildings in the area. They're renovating older spaces rather than tearing them down to build new ones. The results speak for themselves.

* This segment was first aired on Jan. 19, 2015.

Walking Bicycle:

Walking Bicycle

The "Walking Bicycle," from Katayama Kogyo, though technically a tricycle, is entirely operated in a standing position. Simply move your legs up and down on the pedals as if you were walking, and with the power-assist function, going up a slope is no problem, making it ideal for riders of all ages.

* This segment was first aired on Nov. 10, 2014. You can watch the full version of the video on our archives.

Moff Interactive Wristband:

Moff Interactive Wristband

The Moff band is a new kind of interactive toy that let's you play with motion and sound. The project was crowd funded, and it managed to reach almost 400% of its funding goal. It represents a model for others in Japan hoping to use crowd funding in the development of new products.

* This segment was first aired on Dec. 15, 2014.

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.

- 403architecture [dajiba]
http://www.403architecture.com (Japanese only)
Main Office +81-53-482-7203

- Katayama Kogyo co.,ltd
http://wbc-network.com/en/
Public Relations +81-3-5786-7678

- Moff, Inc
https://moff.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
E-mail support@moff.mobi

Special Edition Part 3

Part three of our "Special Edition" features the best new eco-ideas from Japan. We meet a young couple who've found a way to live off the grid comfortably, take a ride on the latest electric superbike, and then go for a spin in a super clean and super green diesel compact car.

Eco-House:

Eco-House

This house was built for healthy and eco-friendly living. It features the latest energy saving design. The young homeowners who built it have also been able to reduce their energy footprint to the point that they can produce more than they need with just 8 solar panels mounted on the roof.

* This segment was first aired on Feb. 16, 2015.

Mugen Shinden Electric Motorcycle:

Mugen Shinden Electric Motorcycle

Mugen is an auto parts maker with strong ties to racing. Their latest project is the "Shinden" motorcycle. It's powered by a lithium-ion battery and runs completely on electricity. They used it to ride to victory in the Isle of Mann "TT Zero" race for electric motorcycles in 2014 with a blistering top speed of 264 km/h.

* This segment was first aired on Oct. 13, 2014. You can watch the full version of the video on our archives.

Mazda 2 Skyactiv Diesel:

Mazda 2 Skyactiv Diesel

The Mazda 2 is a compact, efficient and super-clean-burning Japanese diesel automobile. It has a spectacular 30 kilometers-per-liter or about 70 miles-per-gallon fuel economy rating. But beyond the numbers, the latest design is also simply beautiful. Consequently, it won the Japan Car of the Year Award for 2014-2015.

* This segment was first aired on Jan. 26, 2015. You can watch the full version of the video on our archives.

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.

- M-TEC Co., Ltd.
http://www.mugen-power.com
Public Relations +81-48-462-3111

- Mazda Motor Corporation
http://www.mazda.com
Head Ofiice +81-82-282-1111

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