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Musical Instruments Fair

For this week's "On Site," reporter and musician David Neale will take you on a sonorous tour of Musical Instruments Fair Japan. The largest consumer-focused trade show in the world, it allows everyday folks to get their hands on some of the highest-end instruments, without having to buy them. It sure sounds like great gear!

Musical Instruments Fair

Schedule: Nov. 4 - 6, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Japan has an amazing music scene! Summer festivals, local live houses, concert halls and arenas; it's incredible! But here at the Musical Instruments Fair Japan, the focus is less on the musicians, and more on the instruments that they love to play. They've got something for everyone, from classical instruments to high-tech digital offerings. Whether you're an amateur, a professional, or somewhere in between, they've got you covered. The big draw here is the chance to try out the costliest instruments; ones that would usually be locked in a glass case and unavailable for demos in a retail store. Highlights from this year's show include a new take on a very old instrument, a synth wind instrument that features an actual reed, a super-high-tech self-playing piano, a super-accurate digital metronome, high-end acoustic and electric guitars, the latest in analog synths, and more!

  • Musical Instruments Fair
  • Musical Instruments Fair
  • Musical Instruments Fair
  • Musical Instruments Fair
  • Musical Instruments Fair
  • Musical Instruments Fair
  • Musical Instruments Fair

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.

- Musical Instruments Fair Association Japan
2-18-21 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021 JAPANN

- Kanagawa Institute of Technology
1030 Shimo-ogino, Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture 243-0292 JAPANN

- Roland Corporation.
2036-1 Nakagawa, Hosoe-cho, Kita-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1304 JAPANN

- YAMAHA Music Japan Co., Ltd.
2-17-11 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0074 JAPANN

- SEIKO Instruments Inc.
1439-1 Hagiwara, Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture 412-0042 JAPANN

- Moridaira Musical Instruments Co., Ltd.
2-7-4 Iwamoto-cho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0032 JAPANN

- ARIA & Co., Inc.
12-2 Kanda-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture 464-0077 JAPANN

- Sanso, Inc.
789 Kitajima-cho, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 435-0041 JAPANN

- KORG Inc.
4015-2 Yanokuchi, Inagi City, Tokyo 206-0812 JAPAN

Listen to the Warmth of Wood

Major electronics maker, JVC Kenwood, has had a line of wood-cone speaker based stereo systems for some time now, but their latest offering takes it to a new, much smaller level. In the "Gadgets" segment, we'll see how they've used the power of wood to create stunning sound in a package that's perfect for listening at your desk.

Listen to the Warmth of Wood

The latest personal stereo system from JVC Kenwood is a new addition to their best-selling Wood Cone series. All the systems in the lineup feature compact components and speakers with wood-based cones, but the EX-NW1 is something altogether more miniature. Even with speakers about the size of a business card that can literally fit in the palm of your hand, it offers a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. With tiny 30mm cones, you'd think it would sound like a tweeter with no bass at all. But thanks to some clever engineering involving a rear-mounted radiator and the ingenious placement of wooden ribs and dampeners inside the tiny housing, the result is rich, full sound ideal for an individual listener. The company's aim is to create speakers that are essentially musical instruments. And the warm, clear sound produced by this tiny setup hits just the right note.

  • Listen to the Warmth of Wood
  • Listen to the Warmth of Wood
  • Listen to the Warmth of Wood
  • Listen to the Warmth of Wood
  • Listen to the Warmth of Wood
  • Listen to the Warmth of Wood
  • Listen to the Warmth of Wood

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.

- JVC KENWOOD Corporation.
3-12 Moriya-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 221-0022 JAPAN

Put on Your Dino Suit!!

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be attacked by a dinosaur - and hey, who hasn't - join our intrepid host, Matthew Masaru Barron, as he visits a small Japanese company that's done an amazing job of bringing these creatures back to life. You won't want to miss this dino-might edition of our "Special Report."

Using design, artistic creativity, and the performing arts, a small Japanese firm called ON-ART has produced a menagerie of dinosaurs that are the stuff of dreams, or perhaps nightmares. Their construction is a trade secret, but just seeing them perform it's clear that they have some very special features. The skin looks just like what you might imagine, but if you touch it, you find that the rough look is all an illusion. Using their experience with "trick art" - the process of giving depth and distance through clever shading - they add the details that bring the dinos to life. Even the jagged teeth are as soft as marshmallows. The creatures are controlled from the inside using micro cameras and wireless technology. According to the company's president, Kazuya Kanemaru, they hope to someday use them to create a live event featuring up to 30 of the beautiful beasts and tour it worldwide.

  • Put on Your Dino Suit!!
  • Put on Your Dino Suit!!
  • Put on Your Dino Suit!!
  • Put on Your Dino Suit!!
  • Put on Your Dino Suit!!
  • Put on Your Dino Suit!!
  • Put on Your Dino Suit!!
  • Put on Your Dino Suit!!

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.

- ON ART Inc.
1-12-501 Higashihoncho, Higashikurume City, Tokyo 203-0014 JAPAN

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