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Lifestyle Expo Tokyo

Lifestyle Expo Tokyo features a variety of high quality goods from Japan and around the globe; including interior items, accessories and tableware. We'll see what's trending this year and maybe even find a special something for that special someone. Join reporter, savvy shopper, and great gift giver Tomoko Maeda, "On Site."

Lifestyle Expo Tokyo

Schedule: Jan. 24 - 26, 2017
Location: Makuhari Messe

This comprehensive exhibition - including interior and furniture, fashion sundries, table- and kitchenware, international sundries, and products for babies and kids - has just about everything you can imagine in the lifestyle category. In order to narrow things down a bit, we focus on things like interior items, accessories, and tableware; bringing you the latest trends and info for made-in-Japan products in these categories. Highlights from our coverage include the latest in stylish and practical lacquerware made from glass, charming porcelain ware that's got real personality, ceramic burr grinders and mills that take coffee and tea to the next level, a clever new outdoor rotisserie, Japanese sweets that look as good as they taste, handy holders for food and drink, beautiful beads made in India but designed in Japan, and a clever LED blackboard for aspiring artists.

  • Lifestyle Expo Tokyo
  • Lifestyle Expo Tokyo
  • Lifestyle Expo Tokyo
  • Lifestyle Expo Tokyo
  • Lifestyle Expo Tokyo
  • Lifestyle Expo Tokyo
  • Lifestyle Expo Tokyo
  • Lifestyle Expo Tokyo

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.

- Sunfield Inc.
2-1-8 Motomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 556-0016 JAPAN

- Kouraku Kiln.
2512 Hei, Maruo, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-Gun, Saga Prefecture 844-0023 JAPAN

- Kawasaki Plastics Co., Ltd.
401-17 Shimohonai, Sanjo-City, Niigata Prefecture 955-0021 JAPAN

- Yamatani Industry Co., Ltd.
2-2-57 Kitanyugura, Sanjo-City, Niigata Prefecture 955-0053 JAPAN

- Yoshimura Package Partners.
4-7-15 Togoshi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 142-0041 JAPAN

- Tone Co., Ltd.
2-13 Kandasakuma-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0025 JAPAN

- Spring Co., Ltd.
1-17 Taiyujicho, Kita-ku, Osaka-City, Osaka Prefecture 530-0051 JAPAN

- Technical Artist Co., Ltd.
2-13-11 Oshima, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0072 JAPAN

A New Step Forward for Recovery

What does it look like when robotics meets medicine? While this question may conjure up visions of science fiction instead of science fact; as we'll see in this edition of our "Special Report," there's a new lightweight robotic boot designed right here in Japan and available today that's helping stroke victims to start walking again.

Re-Gait is a rehabilitation robot that's meant to help stoke victims to regain their ability to walk. The device's key developer is Dr. Louis Yuge, a specialist in regenerative medicine. While his main focus is on cutting edge stem cell therapy, he was drawn to a robotic solution for post-cell-transplant rehabilitation. Coming up with a practical solution was a long and arduous process, but with the help of a lab specializing in robotics and a lot of patience, they eventually came up with this practical model that attaches to the ankle and foot: a design that is sufficient to help patients to relearn how to walk. They've already conducted trials with actual stroke victims, with promising results; including Mr. Hideki Takada, who's made impressive progress just 9 months after suffering partial paralysis in his right foot. It seems that this clever little robot is truly a step in the right direction.

  • A New Step Forward for Recovery
  • A New Step Forward for Recovery
  • A New Step Forward for Recovery
  • A New Step Forward for Recovery
  • A New Step Forward for Recovery
  • A New Step Forward for Recovery
  • A New Step Forward for Recovery

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.

- Space Bio-Laboratories Co., Ltd.
1-9-14-503, Danbara-minami, Minami-ku, Hiroshima Prefecture 732-0814 JAPAN

The Future of Robotics in a Local Shopping Arcade

In this inspired installment of our "Intersections" segment, we'll meet a young man who is using his extraordinary skills to help other young people to develop theirs. With an eye toward the future, he's created a space to foster the technical talents of tomorrow's Japan in a space firmly grounded in the traditions of the past.

The Future of Robotics in a Local Shopping Arcade

Visit the local shopping arcade of the picturesque Takamatsu City in Kagawa Prefecture, and you find many charming local shops. You also find something you may not have expected, a school that teaches - among other things - how to make robots. The school, which will open in a month's time, is geared towards students between fifth and twelfth grade. But even more surprising is its founder and head teacher, Wataru Kusuda, who is just seventeen years old. A teen entrepreneur, which is a bit of a rarity in Japan, he founded the company last year, and will be single-handedly teaching all subjects, from robotics to marketing. Regarded as a true genius in the field of computer aided design, or CAD, he's already come up with a number of innovations on his own. He says that he hopes to inspire his students to find concrete future goals, and provide the tools needed to achieve them.

  • The Future of Robotics in a Local Shopping Arcade
  • The Future of Robotics in a Local Shopping Arcade
  • The Future of Robotics in a Local Shopping Arcade
  • The Future of Robotics in a Local Shopping Arcade
  • The Future of Robotics in a Local Shopping Arcade
  • The Future of Robotics in a Local Shopping Arcade
  • The Future of Robotics in a Local Shopping Arcade

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.

- Hrep Tech Inc.
1-9-31 Tokiwa-cho, Takamatsu-City, Kagawa Prefecture 760-0054 JAPAN

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