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Tokyo Gift Show

Shopping for souvenirs can be tricky. You want to find something great, but also not too expensive, and easy to pack. If you're looking for that perfect gift here in Japan, you might consider visiting the Tokyo International Gift Show. In this week's "On Site" segment, Brian Hughes takes you there to see the best new gift ideas from Japan.

Tokyo Gift Show

Schedule: Sept. 7 - 9, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Featuring the cream of the crop in Japanese-made gifts, the Tokyo International Gift Show is a big draw for folks in the business of giving. And with the recent increase in overseas visitors to Japan, products that feature characteristically Japanese style, functionality, and quality are by far the biggest attraction. This encompasses a broad range of categories including interior, fashion, sports and outdoors, stationery, kitchen, tableware, hobbies, and more. No matter what the person or people you're shopping for are into, you're sure to find something they'll love at a price that won't break the bank. Highlights from this year's coverage include Godzilla themed items, cuddly lucky charms made from kimono cloth, an updated version of a classic Kyoto textile, model cars, playful putty, cute little planters, 3-D paper craft creations, and dollhouse dioramas of charming scenes from old Japan.

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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.

Business Guide-Sha Inc.
2-6-2 Kaminarimon, Taito City,Tokyo 111-0034 JAPAN

folcart Co., Ltd.
10-14 Komondomachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0029 JAPAN

MRU Co., Ltd.
5-7-17 Kemacho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 534-0001 JAPAN

Morisan Corporation.
Nakatachiuri-higashiiru, Senbondori Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 602-8281 JAPAN

KOKUSAI BOEKI KAISHA, LTD
5-25-12 Yotsugi, Katsushika City, Tokyo 124-8503 JAPAN

East Pearl Inc.
4-28-10 Toyotama-kita, Nerima City, Tokyo 176-0012 JAPAN

Hasegawa Sato Store Inc.
U-Bld.203, Shakujiimachi, Nerima City, Tokyo 177-0041 JAPAN

ENSKY Co., Ltd.
1-11-1 Inari, Soka City, Saitama Prefecture 340-0003 JAPAN

Billy Co., Ltd.
2-2-13 Jounan, Ikeda City, Osaka Prefecture 563-0025 JAPAN

Puzzling Beauty

This installment of "Gadgets" is all about puzzles. Not flat jigsaw puzzles, but the 3-D kind that you hold in your hand. These kinds of puzzles can be a real challenge to solve; sometimes taking weeks or even years to figure out. Who develops these infuriating brain twisters and who can solve them? Join Akira Daniel Duncan and find out!

Puzzling Beauty

Hanayama is a manufacturer of games and toys that's been in business for over 80 years. They're internationally known for their mind mending series of three-dimensional puzzles. Called "Huzzle," it has fans in countries worldwide. The line's name is a portmanteau of hazusu, which means "to remove" in Japanese, and "puzzle." Currently there are 52 different designs available; some of which are based on puzzles that originated in England over 100 years ago. Designing their original puzzles once involved modeling with wood or clay. But according to Teddy Sakamoto, the company's marketing head, digital design has drastically changed the face of puzzle making. It allows for puzzles that would otherwise be impossible to design, and are also incredibly difficult to solve. These puzzles transcend language and culture, making them challenging fun for everyone everywhere!

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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.

Hanayama Co., Ltd.
6F Akihabara Kounoike, Bldg., 1-25 Kandasakuma-cho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0025 JAPAN

Stethoscopic Style

The stethoscope was invented by a French physician in 1816. It's helped save countless lives, and surprisingly, its design has changed little over the last two centuries. Until now that is. In this edition of "+Style" we visit a company that's redesigned this iconic instrument; combining function with a surprisingly beautiful new form.

Stethoscopic Style

The stethoscope is not something you'd think of as being stylish. It's a practical item that's used by medical professionals for practical purposes. However, in our world today, appearances and first impressions are all too important. And a small start-up called Classico has decided to give a totally new look to this piece of utilitarian hardware. The business was born when Arata Ohwa, the company's president, was asked by a doctor friend why lab coats couldn't be more stylish. The brand's philosophy is that a well-dressed doctor feels more confident and makes a better impression. When the concept proved to be a hit, they then decided to tackle the stethoscope. Their new design has a streamlined shape and a unique T-joint that makes it nice to look at and comfortable to wear. The swivel action of the joint also makes it easy to use and stow away. And the earpiece won't hurt the ears, even after hours of use. It's form and function combined to make some truly great gear!

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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.

Classico Inc.
B1F Taki-Bld., 5-42-13 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001 JAPAN

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