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Tokyo International Gift Show

Twice a year, The Tokyo International Gift Show provides a showcase for products that people might enjoy giving, as well as using themselves. Join reporter, model, and inveterate giver of gifts Tomoko Maeda, "On Site," as she shows you the latest. And get ready to take some notes because there really is something for everyone.

Tokyo International Gift Show

Schedule: Sep. 6 - 8, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Partnered with buyers and industry insiders from Japan and the rest of the world, this event is the largest personal gift trade show in Japan. It's also become a place for businesses to present their latest products. And with a huge number of visitors expected over its 3-day run, it's clearly attracting a lot of attention. In particular, it represents Japanese brands known for their high-quality, high fashion, and high-tech sensibilities. These gift-related products represent a broad spectrum of choices; including interior goods, fashion items, sporting goods, stationery, and more! Highlights from our coverage include a handy bag for new dads, cute and colorful silicone gift ideas, cat-themed items that are practically purr-fect, face and body paint that's as convenient for parents as it is fun for kids, a super stain remover, an eye-catching instant camera, and magnificently magical music boxes.

  • Tokyo International Gift Show
  • 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.

- One Thread Ltd.
86-1-928 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Predecture 240-0067 JAPAN

- GMC Toy's Field Inc.
4F Yanai Bldg. 3-1-3 Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0051 JAPAN

- Artha Co., Ltd.
1-34-2 Wagoshinmachi, Ogaki City, Gifu Predecture 503-0801 JAPAN

- Nihon Rikagaku Industry Co., Ltd.
Kuji, Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Predecture 213-0032 JAPAN

- Epoch Chemical Co., Ltd.
6002-7 Aza-Taikoda, Shobu, Shobu-cho, Kuki City, Saitama Predecture 346-0106 JAPAN

- FUJIFILM Imaging Systems Co., Ltd.
3-6-32 Nshi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0031 JAPAN

- Nidec Sankyo Corporation.
5329 Shimosuwa-machi, Suwa-gun, Nagano Predecture 393-8511 JAPAN

A Robot for Hands-On Communication

Cross cute culture with robotics, and a uniquely Japanese sense of humor and you get the subject of this week's "Gadgets" segment. Created by a small startup company specializing in robotics, this gadget is not so much practical as it is playful. It's meant to be there to cheer you on with applause and add some fun to anybody's day.

A Robot for Hands-On Communication

A quiet Tokyo residential neighborhood is the home of the uniquely named startup Byebyeworld. Their latest product is rather unusual; it's a clapping robot. Not meant for home use, but to be placed at the entrance of a store or company, it senses movement within a 5-meter radius, welcoming and seeing off guests and staff with applause and a greeting. It also has a cheering mode for sports venues. The CEO, Masato Takahashi, says he wanted to develop a robot but make something lighthearted as well. He decided that clapping was a universal language, and indeed already had experience making clapping hands as an art installation. Using servomotors controlled via a smartphone app, Takahashi combined his artistic sense with his experience writing robot software to bring his creation to life. He hopes that it will give the "beckoning cat," or maneki neko, a run for its money.

  • A Robot for Hands-On Communication
  • A Robot for Hands-On Communication
  • A Robot for Hands-On Communication
  • A Robot for Hands-On Communication
  • A Robot for Hands-On Communication
  • A Robot for Hands-On Communication
  • A Robot for Hands-On Communication

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.

- Bye Bye World Inc.
4-13-2 Hatanodai, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 142-0064 JAPAN

The Right Pants for the Mountain

If you're headed to the mountains anytime soon then you won't want to miss this installment of "+Style." We'll check out a new pair of pants that will help you reach the summit and look good doing it. They're made of traditional material with a history of more than 200 years, but the concept originated with a modern IT company.

Soft to the touch yet very sturdy, the fabric known as Kurume gasuri was once widely used to make everyday kimonos and garments for farm work. Today, production of the fabric has declined significantly, but in its heyday, it played an important part in the lives of the common folk. Yamap - a company whose name is a portmanteau of the Japanese word for mountain, yama, and map - is a developer of apps for mountaineering. So, what exactly do they have to do with this venerable fabric? Well, they've used it to create a pair of modern "mountain pants" that are rugged, but also convenient; with modern features like offset rear pockets so you don't sit on your smartphone. Their aim was to promote their app for mountain climbing while also helping to preserve the legacy of Kurume gasuri. From old to new, virtual to actual, it would seem there's no mountain too high for this company to tackle.

  • The Right Pants for the Mountain
  • The Right Pants for the Mountain
  • The Right Pants for the Mountain
  • The Right Pants for the Mountain
  • The Right Pants for the Mountain
  • The Right Pants for the Mountain
  • The Right Pants for the Mountain
  • The Right Pants for the Mountain

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.

- Yamap Inc.
6F Fukuoka Daiichi Bldg., 2-2 Tsunaba-cho, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Predecture 812-0024 JAPAN

- Nomura Orimono.
1745-1 Niishiro, Hirokawamachi, Yame-Gun, Fukuoka Predecture 834-0115 JAPAN

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