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Creators' EXPO 2017

The Creators' Expo is an ideal place for private individuals to display their writing, calligraphy, illustration, photography, videography, animation, game design, and even music. This unique event is quite unlike any ordinary trade show. Reporter and aspiring artist Tomoko Maeda is "On Site" to show you this year's highlights.

Creators' EXPO 2017

Schedule: J n. 28 - 30, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Drawing attention from the media as well as the promotions and product planning departments of major Japanese firms - who are oftentimes ready to get down to business right there on the spot - the Creators' Expo Tokyo represents the perfect place for artists and creatives of every stripe to quite literally sell themselves to prospective clients. Indeed, many past exhibitors have been fortunate enough to be hired to design things like product packaging and promotional campaigns. Whatever genre of creativity you can imagine, they have it all. Highlights from our coverage include a modern twist on Japanese calligraphy, a high-flying photographer, stylish fashion illustrations, mini bots made from literal spare parts, CGI from a medical expert, superfine ink illustrations, storybook art on paper and in 3D, and simple images inspired by the artist’s desire to teach his child about life.

  • Creators' EXPO 2017
  • Creators' EXPO 2017
  • Creators' EXPO 2017
  • Creators' EXPO 2017
  • Creators' EXPO 2017
  • Creators' EXPO 2017
  • Creators' EXPO 2017

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.

- Shigeyuki Matsumoto

- Hideo Matsuda

- Samille

- Jun Tanaka

- Takeshi Matsuoka

- Robert Edwin

- Mayu Kuroiwa

- Jin Watanabe

A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor

Japan is not known for wide-open spaces, but on the northern island of Hokkaido, larger farms are more common than you might think. In this "App For That" segment, we'll meet a man who used his knowledge of both farming and IT to develop an app to make farming easier and more efficient. We'll also visit a nearby farmer who uses it.

A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor

Hokkaido is one of the major farming areas in Japan, with about 25% of the farmland in the country. It's also the only place in Japan with large-scale farm operations, so an important piece of equipment for them is of course the tractor. Nowhere else in Japan would you see large industrial-sized tractors being used. Yasuyuki Hamada, an engineer who used to work at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has come up with an app to aid small Hokkaido farmers with big areas to cover. Big agribusiness uses navigation systems that can cost thousands of dollars to make sure tilling, fertilizing and pest control are done efficiently. But Mr. Hamada's app only costs less than 5 dollars per month, meaning private farmers can easily afford it. In three short years since its release, the app has been downloaded 70,000 times around the world. It's a big help for the big little guys.

  • A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor
  • A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor
  • A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor
  • A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor
  • A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor
  • A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor
  • A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor

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.

- Agri Info Design, Ltd.
40-1-6 Nishi8jyominami, Obihiro City, Hokkaido 080-0018 JAPAN

The Robot Inventors of Tomorrow

For this week's "Special Report," we'll sit in on a class where children learn to make robots move through the power of programming. Sponsored by a major model kit maker and a company focused on childhood computer education, the class is challenging and fun. And it may just help to create a whole new generation of engineers.

At a retail location of plastic model kit maker Tamiya - where everything from miniature four-wheel-drive racers to model kits of all kinds and for any level of skill can be found - a class is being held, but it isn't about making models or RC cars. It's a class that uses robot kits furnished by Tamiya to teach kids computer programming skills. Working in conjunction with a company that specializes in childhood computer education, the class uses a specially made robot that operates on a single-board computer called IchigoJam. The children learn to program their robot's movement by entering commands in BASIC. The lesson is intensive. Students follow a text, and they even have exams, but there's also an element of fun, like a race where they pit their robots against each other to see whose is the fastest, or the best programmed. It's a great way to inspire the next generations to dream bigger.

  • The Robot Inventors of Tomorrow
  • The Robot Inventors of Tomorrow
  • The Robot Inventors of Tomorrow
  • The Robot Inventors of Tomorrow
  • The Robot Inventors of Tomorrow
  • The Robot Inventors of Tomorrow
  • The Robot Inventors of Tomorrow
  • The Robot Inventors of Tomorrow

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.

- Tamiya, Inc.
3-7 Ondawara, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture 422-8610 JAPAN

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