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Foodex Japan 2014 - The 39th International Food and Beverage Exhibition

For this "On Site" segment, Brian Hughes visits Foodex Japan 2014 for a culinary tour of Japan. You may think you know Japanese food, but there are still some surprises to be had. With traditional favorites and modern originals, it'll be a feast to remember!

Schedule: Mar. 4-7, 2014
Location: Makuhari Messe

Traditional Japanese cuisine like sushi or the refined seasonal delicacies of kaiseki is beloved around the world. So much so that Japanese cuisine as a whole, known as "wa-shoku" in Japanese, has been named an Intangible World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. However sushi, kaiseki and other favorites like ramen are just the tip of the iceberg. Foodex Japan is a great way to get a closer look at the diverse regional specialties and innovative new creations of a country that is decidedly serious about food. Highlights include super-high-quality kombu seaweed, ume plum liqueur, fish-based Hamburg steaks and gourmet bamboo shoots.

  • Foodex Japan 2014 - The 39th International Food and Beverage Exhibition
  • Foodex Japan 2014 - The 39th International Food and Beverage Exhibition
  • Foodex Japan 2014 - The 39th International Food and Beverage Exhibition
  • Foodex Japan 2014 - The 39th International Food and Beverage Exhibition
  • Foodex Japan 2014 - The 39th International Food and Beverage Exhibition
  • Foodex Japan 2014 - The 39th International Food and Beverage Exhibition

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.

- Japan Management Association (JMA)
http://www.jma.or.jp/foodex/
Exhibition Office +81-3-3434-1601

- Shiretoko Rausu-cho Tourist Association
http://www.rausu-shiretoko.com/en/index.html
Information Office +81-153-87-3360

- Tokachi Shinmura Farm
http://www.milkjam.com/
Sales Division +81-1564-2-3923

- Iwate Prefecture Government
http://www.pref.iwate.jp/about/language.html
Coast wide area Promotion Bureau +81-193-38-0123

- Oikawa Corp
http://oikawacorp.jp/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-192-27-1251

- Sanriku railway Company.
http://www.sanrikutetsudou.com/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-193-62-8900

- HOKUMOH KUROHO CO.LTD.
http://www.kuroho.com/list.html (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-278-24-1101

- Nikkoku Seifun Co.Ltd.
http://www.nikkoku.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-26-228-4157

- Yamajyo Suisan
http://www.kakuni-yamazyo.com/index.html (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-54-624-2079

- Ogawa Food Industrial Co., Ltd
http://www.takenoko.co.jp/takenoko.html (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-75-951-4381

- Kawamoto Shokuhin Co., Ltd.
http://www.kawamotokk.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-739-72-3023

- Hassui-kamaboko Co., Ltd.
http://hassui.jp/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-894-36-3500

- Itosun Co., Ltd.
http://www.mo19.com/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-98-995-1896

- Fukushima Prefecture Government
http://www.pref.fukushima.lg.jp/site/english/
Tourism Promotion Bureau +81-24-521-7296

The Creepier Side of Cute

Japan is undoubtedly the land of cuteness, even if sometimes cuteness is in the eye of the beholder. Recently a deep-sea creature at an aquarium has become very popular, so much so that stuffed-animal versions are selling like crazy. Check out this strange fad in our "Curiosities" segment.

Visitors to the Enoshima Aquarium, about an hour's train ride south of Tokyo, are there to see something beautiful. Or so you might think, but recently a decidedly unattractive creature called the "Bathynomus giganteus" is receiving a lot of attention. It's a giant isopod, about 30 centimeters in length. The creatures draw impressive crowds and now a company called TST Advance is even making a stuffed animal version that's selling as fast as they can make them. The company also designs and sells more ordinary cute stuffed creatures, but more and more, their line of creepy-cute creations is their claim to fame. A truly original Japanese curiosity!

  • The Creepier Side of Cute
  • The Creepier Side of Cute
  • The Creepier Side of Cute
  • The Creepier Side of Cute
  • The Creepier Side of Cute
  • The Creepier Side of Cute

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.

- TST Advance
http://www.tstadvance.com/index.html (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-45-663-1161

- Enoshima Aquarium
http://www.enosui.com/
http://www.enosui.com/english.pdf
Public Relations +81-466-29-9960

Reinventing the Wheels

In Japan, many elderly people use bicycles for their daily errands, and of course safety is an important issue. In our "Special Report" segment, we take a look at clever four-wheel electric vehicle that works with pedals just like a bicycle. It's safe, easy to ride, and a lot of fun!

Kyoei Manufacturing is located in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. They mainly manufacture motorcycle parts, but with the recent economic slowdown, the number of orders has dwindled. In response, they've come up with something new called "Kenkya-kun" that may just make a name for them in the world of pedal power. Focusing on the needs of the elderly, a rapidly growing demographic here in Japan, they've built a four-wheeled pedelec or pedal electric cycle. It may seem that it's just a modified bicycle but its design is surprisingly complex and quite possibly... revolutionary.

  • Reinventing the Wheels
  • Reinventing the Wheels
  • Reinventing the Wheels
  • Reinventing the Wheels
  • Reinventing the Wheels

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.

- kyoei-seisaku.co.ltd
http://www.kyoei-seisaku.co.jp/en/index.html
https://www.kenkyakun.com/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-53-425-2511

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