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International Tokyo Toy Show

Who could be happier than a kid in a candy store? How about a kid - or an adult for that matter - at the International Tokyo Toy Show? Whether high-tech, old-school, skill-based or super cute, each toy on display has at least one thing in common - they're all a ton of fun! Reporter Lemi Duncan is "On Site" to try out all the toys.

International Tokyo Toy Show

Schedule: Jun. 1 - 4, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

"Make the world smile with toys," is the theme for this fun-tastic event; the largest toy show in Japan. Once again, this year, it's host to toy makers and buyers from around the world. And including members of the public, around 150,000 people dropped in over its four-day run. Japan is perhaps most famous for its anime and science fiction themed toys, but that's just the beginning. No matter what the genre, you're sure to find something to tickle your fancy, no matter what your age, gender or nationality may be. Highlights from our coverage include: an RC airplane with a secret underbelly, inflatable fun for the "elastic" imagination, three-dimensional puzzles featuring familiar faces real and fictional, capsule machines that are part game of chance part Easter egg hunt, furry fantasy families that are familiar worldwide, even tinier than usual bonsai, and a playful driving experience.

  • International Tokyo Toy Show
  • International Tokyo Toy Show
  • International Tokyo Toy Show
  • International Tokyo Toy Show
  • International Tokyo Toy Show
  • International Tokyo Toy Show
  • International Tokyo Toy 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.

- CCP Co., Ltd.
2-5-4 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0043 JAPAN

- TOMY Company, Ltd.
7-9-10 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 124-8511 JAPAN

- Tenyo Co., Ltd.
2-8-11 Sengoku, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8389 JAPAN

- Bandai Co., Ltd.
1-4-8 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-8081 JAPAN

- Epoch Company, Ltd.
2-2-2 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-8618 JAPAN

- Platz Co., Ltd.
3-1-1 Kusanagi, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture 424-0886 Japan

- Toyota Motor Corporation.
1 Toyota-cho, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture 471-8572 JAPAN

A Projectable Touchscreen

There's a new screen in town and it's right on your table or wall. But the focus of our "Gadgets" segment this week isn't just a portable projector, it's a fully functional interactive mobile device, unlike any you've seen before. It takes mobile apps to the next level; making for an experience that the whole family can enjoy together.

A Projectable Touchscreen

Named Xperia Touch, this week's gadget is a combination of an ultra-short-throw projector and an Android OS device. It can be placed on a table or floor, instantly transforming any surface into an interactive touchscreen. This novel idea opens up a whole new expanse of possibilities. According to its developers, smartphones tend to reduce face-to-face conversations, and they hope this device will open new lines of communication. It even allows families to enjoy multi-user apps together. For example, there's a piano app that can simultaneously register input from up to 10 fingers. Moving the device away from the projection surface expands the view, and although it loses its touchscreen capabilities, this lets the whole family enjoy video content on a big screen. This unique new product seems to suggest that market focus may soon shift from personal to household-based, multi-user devices.

  • A Projectable Touchscreen
  • A Projectable Touchscreen
  • A Projectable Touchscreen
  • A Projectable Touchscreen
  • A Projectable Touchscreen
  • A Projectable Touchscreen
  • A Projectable Touchscreen
  • A Projectable Touchscreen

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.

- Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
4-12-3 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002 JAPAN

Cork - Recyclable and Fashionable

This week's "Special Report" is quite literally a corker. If you drink wine, you may be in the habit of recycling the bottles but what do you do with the corks? Believe it or not, cork is recyclable too, and reporter Tomoko Maeda recently visited a young Tokyo designer with a clever system for bringing new life to old bottle stoppers.

Recently, small boxes filled with used wine bottle corks can be found in restaurants all over Tokyo. The corks collected will be recycled into material to make all kinds of products. Shingo Kitamura of the Good Deal Company is the founder of the Tokyo Cork Project. While working at a café a few years ago, he wondered if there was some way to reuse all the corks they were throwing away. Currently collecting corks from 500 partners around the city, they have a total of 750 partners nationwide. The plant where the corks are processed is located in Ibaraki Prefecture, about a two-hour drive from Tokyo. The corks are scanned for metal, steamed to return them to their original size, shredded, and then pressed together with an adhesive to form a massive block. This can then be cut to make everything from simple coasters to stunning furniture. The possibilities are practically limitless.

  • Cork - Recyclable and Fashionable
  • Cork - Recyclable and Fashionable
  • Cork - Recyclable and Fashionable
  • Cork - Recyclable and Fashionable
  • Cork - Recyclable and Fashionable
  • Cork - Recyclable and Fashionable
  • Cork - Recyclable and Fashionable
  • Cork - Recyclable and Fashionable

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 Cork Project.
#201 2-22 Tomihisa-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0067 JAPAN

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