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Japan Home&Building Show 2018

In this installment of "On Site," we visit the Japan Home & Building Show. It's a great place to admire the craftsmanship that goes into many family dwellings. Let's find out with Akira Daniel Duncan what goes into keeping Japanese homes safe, comfortable and attractive.

Schedule: Schedule: Nov. 20 - 22, 2018
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Most Japanese houses are not huge but they often have an unmistakably warm feeling: the feeling that great care went into the making of the house and everything in it. And the Japan Home & Building Show is the place to go to discover what makes houses more comfortable, enjoyable, and safe. It's a one-stop shop for new products in the home and building industry in Japan. Highlights from this coverage include a seismic reinforcement brace that limits damage to a home's wooden framing, high-precision and sturdy exterior hardware products capable of fine movements, a new steel-plate system that lets you securely stick pretty much anything to any surface with a corresponding magnetic sheet, the slimmest air-conditioning unit in the industry, pellet stoves that are hand assembled by master craftspeople right here in Japan, a variety of furniture produced by a group of carpenters and craftspeople, and a unique new kind of plaster made from wood.

  • Japan Home&Building Show 2018
  • Japan Home&Building Show 2018
  • Japan Home&Building Show 2018
  • Japan Home&Building Show 2018
  • Japan Home&Building Show 2018
  • Japan Home&Building Show 2018

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.

- Okabe Co., Ltd.
2-8-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045 JAPAN

- Tochigiya Co., Ltd.
2-11-1 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047 JAPAN

- Imayama Co., Ltd.
103-2 Enokizu, Okawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture 831-0004 JAPAN

- Irie Mokko Co., Ltd.
427-5 Ohashi, Okawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture 831-0021 JAPAN

- Daikin Industries, Ltd.
2-4-12 Nakazakinishi, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 530-8323 JAPAN

- Hojitsu Seiko Co., Ltd.
2416-2 Hanyu, Tomika-cho, Kamo Gun, Gifu Prefecture 501-3303 JAPAN

- Wazawaza
2-22-11 Honcho, Higashimurayama City, Tokyo 189-0014 JAPAN

- Yamagataya Industry Co., Ltd.
1-3 Miyamachi, Ginancho, Hashima Gun, Gifu Prefecture 501-6919 JAPAN

To Each Home Its Little Robot

When it comes to high tech gadgets, robots are everyone's perennial favorites. They work in many different fields and industries, but the ones we're going to look at in our "Gadgets" segment are somewhat different. Come along as Lemi Duncan discovers a new collection of unique robots from a Tokyo-based start-up company.

Tokyo-based startup Yukai Engineering aims to be a company where creators can have fun coming up with playful product ideas. Yukai means "pleasant and happy." Company president Shunsuke Aoki, an engineer who studied robotics at the University of Tokyo, says he was inspired by the movie Terminator 2 as a child. But his company's lineup is more of the "cute and quirky" kind, including a pillow-shaped therapeutic robot that wags its tail when you pet it, and one that moves with toothbrushes. One of their latest robots, "Bocco," helps to watch over a child or elderly person who's home alone. Its array of sensors does things like picking up movements and reading changes in room temperature and humidity before sending the data to a smartphone. Bocco also lets you exchange voice messages. Cute, fun and helpful: exactly what you'd expect from Japanese robots!

  • To Each Home Its Little Robot
  • To Each Home Its Little Robot
  • To Each Home Its Little Robot
  • To Each Home Its Little Robot
  • To Each Home Its Little Robot
  • To Each Home Its Little Robot
  • To Each Home Its Little Robot
  • To Each Home Its Little Robot

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.

- Yukai Engineering Inc.
16-11-101 Tomihisa-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0067 JAPAN

A Wooden Booth in a Snap

The product we take a look at in our "+Style" segment is a tearoom unlike any you've seen before. It's actually a simple booth that can be quickly assembled just about anywhere, and it's from a lineup of very small cabins that feature beautiful and aromatic wood from an area just outside Tokyo.

Hitotsubo Cabins, or "One-tsubo" Cabins, are wooden booths manufactured by Sakamoto. A tsubo is a Japanese unit for measuring areas and floor space equal to a 1.8m square surface. Part of the lineup is the Hitotsubo Tearoom, a small relaxing room with the wonderful scent of locally grown Japanese wood that can be assembled by two people in under an hour. All the parts are sawed and milled to precision, so there is no cutting necessary to put it together, and it only requires an Allen key to assemble. The space inside is small but doesn't feel cramped at all. Translucent wall and roof panels create a warm and gentle lighting effect like shoji paper sliding doors. Combining traditional woodworking technique with modern technology and expertise, the tearoom is a build-it-yourself relaxing spot with an undeniable Japanese mood.

  • A Wooden Booth in a Snap
  • A Wooden Booth in a Snap
  • A Wooden Booth in a Snap
  • A Wooden Booth in a Snap
  • A Wooden Booth in a Snap
  • A Wooden Booth in a Snap
  • A Wooden Booth in a Snap
  • A Wooden Booth in a Snap

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.

- Sakamoto Co., Ltd.
25-21 Yamate-cho, Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture 357-0031 JAPAN

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