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DIY Home Center Show

When trying to make your house or apartment look great - say with some major redecorating - you basically have two choices: pay someone a lot of money to do it for you, or do it yourself. If you prefer the latter, then the DIY Home Center Show is for you! Join reporter Tomoko Maeda in this hands-on edition of our "On Site" report.

DIY Home Center Show

Schedule: Aug. 25 - 27, 2016
Location: Makuhari Messe

At the Japan DIY Home Center Show, you can find the latest products and ideas for home improvement. If you're looking to give your home a makeover, then it's surely the place to find something you can do all by yourself. One of the largest of its kind in Japan, the event brings together a variety of DIY-related products under one roof. There are tons of great ideas to make life easier, and more fun! Naturally, there are also a ton of demos and displays designed to be tried out by the visitors for themselves, as well as easy solutions ideal for urban apartment dwellers who lack the time and the tools to take on more challenging projects. Highlights from our coverage include a simple and stylish wall hook system, amazing paint solutions such as insect-repellant paint, easy to apply and remove wall coverings perfect for kids, 3-D printers, knife making projects, and more!

  • DIY Home Center Show
  • DIY Home Center Show
  • DIY Home Center Show
  • DIY Home Center Show
  • DIY Home Center Show
  • DIY Home Center Show
  • DIY Home Center Show

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.

- Space Media Japan Co., Ltd.
2F Kosai kaikan Bldg., 5-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0083 JAPAN

- SHIMIZU CO., LTD.
1-4 Kanamono-cho, Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture 577-0815 JAPAN

- Sanuki Co., Ltd.
2-3-22 Nagayoshikawanabe Hirano-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 547-0014 JAPAN

- Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.
6-14, Imabashi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 541-8523 JAPAN

- Asahipen Corporation
4-1-12 Tsurumi, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 538-8666 JAPAN

- S. Lab Corporation
15-1 Kotarihashimoto, Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture 617-0833 JAPAN

- SAKURA COLOR PRODUCTS CORPORATION
1-6-20, Morinomiya Chuo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 540-8508 JAPAN

- Kanzawa Works Co., Ltd.
27 Torimachi, Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture 673-0456 JAPAN

- Sanjo Chamber of Commerce & Industry
1-20 Sugoro, Sanjo City, Niigata Prefecture 955-8603 JAPAN

The New Shape of Electronic Sound

Until now, synthesizer players have been overshadowed by musicians with more attention-getting moves, like guitarists and vocalists. But not anymore, as you'll see in this installment of "Gadgets." All thanks to an eye-catching instrument developed by a Japanese audio equipment maker that will help them take center stage.

The New Shape of Electronic Sound

ARQ is a totally new kind of synthesizer developed by a company called ZOOM. A maker of digital audio gear, it's their first actual musical instrument. According to Japanese recording artist ITSUKA, the main benefit of the ARQ over other similar synthesizers is that it allows mixing in real time. Another great feature is that its ring controller can be detached from the base station and used for handheld improvisation. ZOOM's senior manager, Shunsuke Kudoh, actually came up with the idea when driving as he drummed along to the beat on his steering wheel. The ARQ's ring controller was the result. Its touch sensitive surface can be programmed on the fly with different sounds and colors depending on the artist's needs. It will surely bring the synthesizer to the forefront of any live performance. It also seems like the perfect way to help kids develop their musical skills. Sounds great!

  • The New Shape of Electronic Sound
  • The New Shape of Electronic Sound
  • The New Shape of Electronic Sound
  • The New Shape of Electronic Sound
  • The New Shape of Electronic Sound
  • The New Shape of Electronic Sound

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.

- ZOOM Corporation
4-4-3 Kanda-surugadai, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0062 JAPAN

Rice - Symbol of Recovery

This week's "Special Report" revolves around a man in Kumamoto who is as comfortable using social media-based crowd funding as he is planting rice. He put his skills to excellent use after the large earthquakes that hit earlier this year; developing a unique plan to help revitalize the beleaguered rice industry in the area.

Rice - Symbol of Recovery

In April 2016, the Kumamoto region in Kyushu was hit by two major earthquakes. In addition to urban areas, farmlands also sustained massive damage, threatening the survival of the region's agriculture. In response, Kenta Mori - a local rice farmer - came up with a project called "Kumamoto Hinode Rice, Symbol of Recovery." It was set up with the aim of reinvigorating the rice farming industry of Kumamoto through supporting the planting, growing, and harvesting of rice, as well as by promoting its consumption. Using crowd funding and working with aspiring young farmers as well as local veterans, the project has had a real impact. One farmer, Mr. Chikara Ideta, lost his father and his home to the earthquake and was ready to give up. But thanks to the project's efforts, he was able to carry on. Mr. Mori's work has brought real hope for both recovery and prosperity in the region.

  • Rice - Symbol of Recovery
  • Rice - Symbol of Recovery
  • Rice - Symbol of Recovery
  • Rice - Symbol of Recovery
  • Rice - Symbol of Recovery
  • Rice - Symbol of Recovery

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 Rice Association
2F Boyshouse, 3-2-18 Hakuzan, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture 862-0959 JAPAN

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