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Feb. 23, Mon.

Tokyo Auto Salon 2015

This week's "On Site" report is all about sweet rides. The Tokyo Auto Salon has just about everything in the world of custom cars, from aftermarket parts and accessories to the latest "factory custom" offerings from major automakers. If automotive bling is your thing, then join our new reporter Dwayne Lawler for a ride to remember.

Schedule: Jan. 9 - 11, 2015
Location: Makuhari Messe

The Tokyo Auto Salon is the first major auto event of the year here in Japan, and this year's show is packed full of custom car greatness. Over its three days, the Auto Salon drew a record 30,000 visitors. Featuring custom cars, as well as aftermarket parts and accessories for tuning and chassis modification, in recent years, the majority of major makers have joined the party with an ever expanding selection of "factory custom" models on display. The atmosphere is electrifying; with great rides and great gear everywhere you look. Some of this year's highlights include a stunning race-inspired model, super cool custom wheels, a supercharger kit for two door sport coupes, a stylish collaboration between an Italian automaker and a Japanese designer, one of the hottest air suspension systems you can find, the newest K-cars offering more fun with options for customization, and more.

  • Tokyo Auto Salon 2015
  • Tokyo Auto Salon 2015
  • Tokyo Auto Salon 2015
  • Tokyo Auto Salon 2015
  • Tokyo Auto Salon 2015
  • Tokyo Auto Salon 2015
  • Tokyo Auto Salon 2015
  • Tokyo Auto Salon 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.

- TOKYO AUTO SALON ASSOSIATION (TASA)
http://www.tokyoautosalon.jp/2015/en/
Organizer Office +81-3-5718-5802

- Lexus International
http://www.lexus-int.com/
Brand Management Division +81-3-3817-9291

- NISSAN MOTOR CO.,LTD
http://www.nissan.co.jp/JUKE/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-45-523-5523

- WORK COMPANY LIMITED
http://www.work-wheels.net/
Public Relations +81-6-6746-1271

- Universal Air CO.,LTD.
http://www.universalair-jp.com/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-72-279-8878

- HKS CO., LTD.
http://www.hks-power.co.jp/en/product/project/hks86/gtsc/index.html
Public Relations +81-544-29-1111

- D1 Corporation Co.,Ltd.
http://www.d1gp.co.jp/index-e.html
Public Relations +81-3-5287-2939

- FCA Japan Ltd.
http://www.alfaromeo-jp.com/autosalon/
Public Relations +81-120-779-159

- KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN
http://www.kenokuyamadesign.com/main/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-3-5466-2860

- SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
http://www.suzuki.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
http://www.globalsuzuki.com/
Public Relations +81-53-440-2061

- DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD.
http://www.daihatsu.co.jp/lineup/index.htm (Japanese only)
http://www.daihatsu.com/
Public Relations +81-72-751-8811

- Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
http://world.honda.com/products/index.html
Public Relations +81-3-3423-1111

A Little Knot Says a Lot

Our "+Style" segment features a look at a traditional craft called mizuhiki, that's been part of Japanese culture since the seventh century. It's all about tying knots in a decorative style that's both beautiful and culturally significant. We'll visit someone who's trying to give it new life in modern times.

Mizuhiki are 90cm-long strings made of washi paper that are tied up to create knots used to express one's best wishes during celebrations and special occasions. Traditionally, the shape of the knot conveyed a specific meaning. This included feelings of sentiment and gratitude, or wishes for good fortune. But overseas, mizuhiki is also being used to create fashion accessories and small ornamental items in restaurants like rests for cutlery, or napkin rings. Ms. Naoko Shibukawa is a mizuhiki designer who has come up with a surprising variety of original ways to tie and use mizuhiki in both contemporary and traditional applications. She also collaborates with other creators, such as floral artists, to explore the new possibilities of mizuhiki. She employs the time-honored techniques of the past as well as those of her own creation, making works of art that beautifully tie the past to the present.

  • A Little Knot Says a Lot
  • A Little Knot Says a Lot
  • A Little Knot Says a Lot
  • A Little Knot Says a Lot
  • A Little Knot Says a Lot
  • A Little Knot Says a Lot

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.

- BCA Inc.
http://b-c-a.jp/
E-mail: contact@b-c-a.jp

A Tradition in Paper

Handmade washi paper is another traditional Japanese craft. Last year, three types of washi were designated as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. But the art form is not only practiced by Japanese. For our "Special Report", Brian Hughes visits an American artist who has mastered the technique.

Traditional Japanese paper, known as washi in Japanese, is well known for its beauty and durability. Richard Flavin is an American artist who has been making it for many years. He learned the art of papermaking in Ogawamachi, Just three hours Northwest of Tokyo. There, they specialize in a type of washi called "hosokawa paper" which was selected as an intangible cultural heritage. It is thin, durable, and white. Mr. Flavin uses the traditional method of boiling the fiber, beating it into a pulp, and then mixing water with a special thickener to help the fibers align properly on a thin bamboo screen. He uses his paper to create original works of art. The craftsmen of Ogawamachi also make a variety of products including clothing made from washi. This beautiful tradition is definitely worth saving, and Mr. Flavin and the other craftsmen in the area are giving it their all.

  • A Tradition in Paper
  • A Tradition in Paper
  • A Tradition in Paper
  • A Tradition in Paper
  • A Tradition in Paper
  • A Tradition in Paper

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.

- Gallery SIND
http://members3.jcom.home.ne.jp/sind/index.html
Public Relations +81-3-5311-6660

- Saitama Craft
http://saitamacraft.com/

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