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Tokyo International Gift Show

Join Tomoko Maeda "On Site" as she presents the latest ideas from the Tokyo International Gift Show. Visitors are treated to a variety of items to get for that special someone. Some are hand-made, and some are inspired by traditional Japanese crafts, but each of them has a unique quality that makes them perfect for someone you love.

Tokyo International Gift Show

Schedule: Feb. 8 - 10, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Most of the visitors to the Tokyo International Gift Show are buyers representing retailers from all over Japan. And what kind of products does it take to catch the eyes of such discerning individuals? Those here to exhibit their wares are surely hoping that they've found the magic formula. While valuing traditional manufacturing methods, many Japanese makers are working to come up with new and original products to fit the bill. Highlights include decorative outdoor ornaments made with techniques used for traditional roofing tiles, amazing candles that reproduce real-world food items, textiles woven from recycled yarn used in a traditional dyeing process, delicate cut-glass creations, charming charcoal items for both deodorizing and decorating, 5-toed sandals with a traditional twist, and leather straps that turn old-style wrapping cloths into colorful and convenient handbags.

  • Tokyo International Gift Show
  • Tokyo International Gift Show
  • Tokyo International Gift Show
  • Tokyo International Gift Show
  • Tokyo International Gift Show
  • Tokyo International Gift 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.

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

- Iwatsuki Onigawara, Inc.
7-3-43 Tado-cho, Takahama City, Aichi Prefecture 444-1323 JAPAN

- Kameyama Co., Ltd.
2-9-11 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 531-0076 JAPAN

- Sakata Orimono Co., Ltd.
602 Naganobu, Yamegun Hirokawamachi, Fukuoka Prefecture 834-0105 JAPAN

- Hirota Glass Co., Ltd.
2-6-5 Kinshi-cho, Sumida City Tokyo 130-0013 JAPAN

- Ascam Co., Ltd.
356-1 Kataoka, Yoshida-cho, Haibara Gun, Shizuoka Prefecture 421-0303 JAPAN

- Saganoya.
1648-195 Takenamichotakeori, Ena City, Gifu Prefecture 509-7122 JAPAN

- UOAK. Co., Ltd.
3-25-58 Tennou-Nishijyou, Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture 737-0883 JAPAN

The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas

Umbrellas have been used in Japan for thousands of years with very little functional change. In this weather-ready installment of our "+Style" segment, we'll bring you a new product - a simple umbrella - that's hiding a little secret that makes it friendly for the environment. Naturally, it will also help keep you dry in style.

The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas

Have you ever been caught in the rain without an umbrella? Here in Japan, you're never more than a few meters away from a store that sells cheap and - thought by most to be - disposable umbrellas. While convenient, they represent a real social problem, creating tons of extra trash in a country with no room for it. But now, a small Japanese firm called "Ça et là" has come up with a new design that's supremely recyclable. The all-plastic product is easy to disassemble, allowing users to quickly swap out the canopy if they want a change of style. This also makes it much easier to recycle. Apparently, it was quite a challenge to create a plastic umbrella that didn't look like a toy, but they worked it out so there are no metal parts whatsoever. Not only convenient, it's very durable; capable of withstanding typhoon-level winds. This umbrella keeps you dry and green at the same time.

  • The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas
  • The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas
  • The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas
  • The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas
  • The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas
  • The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas
  • The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas
  • The Low-Cost Eco Revolution of Umbrellas

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.

- Caetla Co., Ltd.
5-14-17 Mita, Minato City Tokyo 108-0073 JAPAN

A Little Robot on the Lookout for Pollen

Hay fever season is particularly rough here in Japan. But thankfully there are now some small robots with pollen sensors all over the country that have been providing valuable data to help people cope. See how they work and learn about the company that made them in this sneeze inducing - while also sneeze reducing - "Special Report."

Hay fever is an issue in many countries worldwide. Here in Japan, the main culprit is the pollen of the Japanese cedar tree, which blows down from forested areas into major population centers over a period of several months. Many sufferers wear masks to cope with the problem. They also turn to places like Weathernews - a weather information provider - to learn the daily pollen count and prepare accordingly. In order to improve accuracy, the company developed Pollen Robo, a device that measures pollen concentration using a proprietary laser sensor. Highly accurate, it can tell the difference between pollen grains measuring tens of microns in size and other atmospheric particulates. Now, deployed at 1,000 locations across the country - many at the private residences of voluntary participants - the system allows them to provide highly accurate real-time data. Linked up via the Internet of things, these cute little bots are at the front lines in the continuing battle against pesky pollen.

  • A Little Robot on the Lookout for Pollen
  • A Little Robot on the Lookout for Pollen
  • A Little Robot on the Lookout for Pollen
  • A Little Robot on the Lookout for Pollen
  • A Little Robot on the Lookout for Pollen
  • A Little Robot on the Lookout for Pollen
  • A Little Robot on the Lookout for Pollen
  • A Little Robot on the Lookout for Pollen

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.

- Weathernews Inc.
Makuhari Techno Garden, Nakase, 1-3 Mihama-ku, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture 261-0023 JAPAN

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