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Oct. 27, Sat.

Tourism Expo Japan 2018

Trips to Japan seem to be steadily growing more and more popular. Presenting the latest traveling trends in the country, Tourism Expo Japan helps making visitors'time here go smoothly. Join our navigator Matthew Masaru Barron "On Site" to find ideas for a journey in the Land of the Rising Sun you won't soon forget.

Schedule: Schedule: Sep. 22 - 23, 2018
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

This comprehensive tourism industry event is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Our focus was on the efforts Japan has been making to attract and support inbound visitors. Highlights from this coverage include a state-of-the-art handy translator that harnesses the power of 4 separate translation engines using the latest AI, a currency exchange system that can handle cash from nearly 140 different countries, a unique twist on tourism that lets you enjoy gourmet dining while visiting local breweries where the best sake is made, a hands-on demonstration of wheelchair basketball aimed to inspire enthusiasm for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, an invitation from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment to enjoy the natural beauty found in the country's many national parks, and presentations by local organizations in the prefectures of Okinawa and Hokkaido promoting the magnificent landscapes, enticing food, as well as the rich history and culture of those regions.

  • Tourism Expo Japan 2018
  • Tourism Expo Japan 2018
  • Tourism Expo Japan 2018
  • Tourism Expo Japan 2018
  • Tourism Expo Japan 2018
  • Tourism Expo Japan 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.

- Future Model Corp.
Shinjuku Front Tower 28F, 2-21-1 Kitashinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0074 JAPAN

- NIPPON EXPRESS CO., LTD.
1-9-3 Higashi-shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8322 JAPAN

- Japan Cash Machine Co., Ltd.
2-3-15 Nishiwaki, Hirano-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 547-0035 JAPAN

- Japan Travel and Tourism Association
3-1-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001 JAPAN

- Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan
1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8975 JAPAN

- Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Okinawa Industrial Support Center 2F 1831-1 Oroku, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture 901-0152 JAPAN

- Hokkaido Tourism Organization
1F Ryokuen Bldg, N3W7-1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture 060-0003 JAPAN

- The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
4F The Nippon Zaidan Bldg 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN

Behind-the-Wheel Comfort in Your Living Room

Our featured product in this "+Style" segment is a chair, but not just any ordinary chair. Created by a small furniture maker, it was officially authorized by none other than automobile giant Nissan. Why a car manufacturer? Find out and see what happens when passion for craftsmanship meets love for vintage cars.

Katsuaki Jinno is a furniture maker who created a chair based on the driver's seat of a classic car produced 45 years ago: the Nissan Skyline C10, nicknamed in Japan "Hakosuka" or the "Boxy Skyline." Every little detail pays homage to the original car, from the iconic "surf line" above the arch of the rear wheels reproduced in the chair's wooden frame, to the seat itself handcrafted by an expert in leather upholstery using the same "S" shaped springs as the Skyline's seats. Wishing to show his creation to the people at Nissan, Mr. Jinno called their customer service center When the staff at Nissan first saw the chair, they were amazed by its level of quality, and soon were talking of commercializing it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Skyline GT-R and the Fairlady Z in 2019, Mr. Jinno is going to expand his lineup with chairs based on the seats of those vintage cars.

  • Behind-the-Wheel Comfort in Your Living Room
  • Behind-the-Wheel Comfort in Your Living Room
  • Behind-the-Wheel Comfort in Your Living Room
  • Behind-the-Wheel Comfort in Your Living Room
  • Behind-the-Wheel Comfort in Your Living Room
  • Behind-the-Wheel Comfort in Your Living Room
  • Behind-the-Wheel Comfort in Your Living Room
  • Behind-the-Wheel Comfort in Your Living Room

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.

- Factory Den
933-2 Aikawa, Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 421-0216 JAPAN

- Nissan Heritage Collection
2-10-1 Hironodai, Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 252-8502 JAPAN

A Community Under One Roof

Most large buildings in Japan are clearly designated as either residential or commercial. What if you mixed the two of them? Our "Intersections" segment features a new building called "Hypermix" where office and residential spaces occupy the same floor to encourage the development of new communities.

Housing complexes currently available in Japan are solely for residential purposes, and are therefore largely vacant during the day, while office buildings are deserted at night. Architect Koh Kitayama combined the two by creating "Hypermix," a unique building featuring residential units and office spaces occupying the same floors. On the ground floor of the building is a café and on the second floor is a gym. The third to eighth floors combine share houses and shared office spaces that together make up a total of 41 rooms, as well as common spaces available to both residents and office tenants. The residential units have high sound insulation, guaranteeing privacy. There's also a rooftop garden. Proposing a new lifestyle through mixing work and living spaces, Hypermix may provide the architecture industry with insight on how cities and society could evolve and improve.

  • A Community Under One Roof
  • A Community Under One Roof
  • A Community Under One Roof
  • A Community Under One Roof
  • A Community Under One Roof
  • A Community Under One Roof
  • A Community Under One Roof
  • A Community Under One Roof

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.

- Hypermix
1-13-12 Monzen-nakacho, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0048 JAPAN

- architecture WORKSHOP Ltd.
2-14-21 BF, Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046 JAPAN

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