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Maker Faire Tokyo

The maker movement is all about technology, ingenuity, creativity, and - most importantly of all - fun! And its spiritual home is the Maker Faire. The Tokyo edition of this globally held event is now in its 10th year. And for our coverage, reporter Brian Hughes brings you the latest from makers of all ages here in Japan, "On Site."

Schedule: Aug. 5 - 6, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Full of makers, inventors, and would-be inventors, this event is put on by US-published enthusiast periodical "Make Magazine." The first edition was held in San Francisco, and over the years, Maker Faires have taken place in hundreds of locations around the world. From the curious to the supremely practical, they have it all. For this year's Tokyo event, there are a ton of enthusiasts on hand, from tech lovers and handicraft enthusiasts to educators, students, and engineers. Highlights from our coverage include singing tesla coils from a lover of lightning, a simple magnetic top that makes patience fun, a video game pitting mushrooms against bamboo shoots made by a 6th grader, sensor blocks for the masses, a funky little robot band, reading glasses that do the reading for you, a motor bike that takes mini to a whole new level, and micro-motor-powered flights of fancy.

  • Maker Faire Tokyo
  • Maker Faire Tokyo
  • Maker Faire Tokyo
  • Maker Faire Tokyo
  • Maker Faire Tokyo
  • Maker Faire Tokyo
  • Maker Faire 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.

- Tsukuba Science Inc.
2-9-2, Amakubo, Tsukuba-City, Ibaraki Prefecture 300-2401 JAPAN

- Graduate School of Engineering, Tottori University
4-101 Koyamacho, Minami, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture 680-8550 JAPAN

- Otton Glass
Ark Mori bldg.31F, 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minatu-ku, Tokyo 107-6031 JAPAN

- Hasegawa's Factry
1-2-2 Kamiikedai, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 145-0064 JAPAN

- Sony Corporation.
1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0075 JAPAN

- Micro Flying Object Labolatory
2-22-6 Onzenji Nishi, Asou-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 215-0022 JAPAN

Offer the Gift of Tea

The tea ceremony is one of the most iconic aspects of traditional Japanese culture. And while food and beverages flavored with powdered green tea - also known as mattcha - are a global phenomenon, not many have actually made tea the traditional way themselves. Reporter Lemi Duncan will help you get started in this "+Style" report.

One of the essential tools used in the Japanese tea ceremony is the bamboo whisk used to blend powdered mattcha green tea with hot water. The formal whisks are handcrafted, but now a firm called Chazen has created a plastic one that's made of the same material as straws. Naturally, it's much cheaper, but that's not the reason why it was developed. It was made to be included in a Japanese-style greeting card, aimed at the many tourists the company hosts. According to company founder Rie Takeda, many of these overseas visitors purchase mattcha, but don't go as far as buying a whisk with which to make tea. So, they created this small greeting card that - along with the easily assembled whisk - includes a packet of mattcha. Beyond being a great souvenir, it represents a way for people to become more familiar with one of Japan’s most relaxing and delicious traditions.

  • Offer the Gift of Tea
  • Offer the Gift of Tea
  • Offer the Gift of Tea
  • Offer the Gift of Tea
  • Offer the Gift of Tea
  • Offer the Gift of Tea
  • Offer the Gift of Tea
  • Offer the Gift of Tea

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.

- Chazen & Co.
4-12-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 JAPAN

Creating the New Creators

For our "Special Report," we head to a hackathon, an event designed to find creative new approaches to existing ideas; in this case, the interesting world of upcycling. Teams of young people compete to come up with the most innovative, and most viable ways to take the old and worn-out, and turn it into something that's fresh and new.

Recently, a facility with the unique name of 100Banch played host to a hackathon. The theme was upcycling; the process of giving added value to old things, and in many cases turning them into entirely different products. The location was an old three-story storage building that was recently renovated as part of a project for Panasonic's 100th anniversary. They call it an "experimental space for the creation of new value." And this hackathon was the opening event, which included participants from a huge variety of fields, including expert advisors. Panasonic hopes to use this facility as a means of looking into the future through the eyes of the young participants. From practical projects like turning cardboard boxes and plastic bottles into a picnic set, to the first-prize winner, which was a more abstract idea for creating an online upcycling marketplace, it seems that they're well on their way to achieving this goal.

  • Creating the New Creators
  • Creating the New Creators
  • Creating the New Creators
  • Creating the New Creators
  • Creating the New Creators
  • Creating the New Creators

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.

- 100 BANCH
3-27-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002 JAPAN

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