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Mar. 21, Wed.

Special Edition

"Great gear" is all about the latest products and business trends from Japan. From the cutting-edge to the tried-and-true, there's so much for you to enjoy. You may find a new opportunity, or something that solves a problem you've been having; either way, you'll definitely find some great gear. On this Special Edition, we'll look back at the best of the past half year. For first-time viewers, it's a great way to discover our show. You'll see our different segments and meet the people who help bring the best of "made in Japan" to the rest of the world.

Gadgets: A Recorder With the Soul of a Sax

Gadgets: A Recorder With the Soul of a Sax

The Venova is a new and uniquely shaped musical instrument with a mouthpiece similar to a soprano sax, but a playing style more like a recorder. The product of high-tech sound engineering and a passion for music, it's meant to appeal to pros and amateurs alike. Musical reporter David Neale brings you the blow-by-blow report.

* This segment was first aired on Jan. 17, 2018.

+Style: A Greeting Card that Will Whisk You Away

+Style: A Greeting Card that Will Whisk You Away

Reporter and tea ceremony initiate Lemi Duncan, heads to a Tokyo tea room to try the latest tasteful edition to the delicate world of Japanese green tea. It's a greeting card aimed at overseas tourists that features an easy-to-assemble plastic tea whisk; letting you share the Japanese tea experience with your friends and family.

* This segment was first aired on Oct. 11, 2017.

+Style: Used Skateboards Show their True Colors

+Style: Used Skateboards Show their True Colors

Using old skateboard decks from a nearby skate shop, artist Makoto Ishiwata, has created a product line under the name Core. True to its moniker, it emphasizes the decks' hidden inner beauty. Turning their colorful laminates into boards that can be used to make art objects, and even some stylish and form-fitting furniture.

* This segment was first aired on Dec. 6, 2017.

App for That: This App's All Heart

App for That: This App's All Heart

It seems something happened to poor Brian Hughes! Seriously, he doesn't look so well... Fortunately, reporter Tomoko Maeda, has an App called "Coaido 119," made to ensure that heart attack victims get help as quickly as possible; coordinating nearby CPR practitioners and EMS services in order to save lives.

* This segment was first aired on Nov. 15, 2017.

On Site: Cycle Mode International

On Site: Cycle Mode International

Reporter Akira Daniel Duncan takes you to Cycle Mode International, the best place to see the latest bikes and riding gear from Japan and around the world. Highlights include the latest in high-tech e-bike components from a pedal powerhouse, carbon fiber frames from a maker known for badminton, and a special train just for cyclists.

* This segment was first aired on Dec. 20, 2017.

Special Report: Programming for Kids is no Child's Play

Special Report: Programming for Kids is no Child's Play

A major model kit maker has teamed up with some computer education experts to provide a very special new class for kids. The children construct and then learn to program robots by entering commands in BASIC; combining a variety of skills that are sure to be useful in the future, making intensive study a lot more enjoyable.

* This segment was first aired on Sep. 6, 2017.

App for That: Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground

App for That: Protecting the City from Beneath the Ground

On the northern island of Hokkaido, in an area you could call Japan's breadbasket, engineer Yasuyuki Hamada has been working with local farmers to develop an affordable app to help them work more efficiently. It can track their movements and use of agricultural chemicals, making it a big help for the small farmer.

* This segment was first aired on Sep. 6, 2017.

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.

Gadgets:
A Recorder With the Soul of a Sax

- Yamaha Corporation.
10-1 Nakazawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 430-8650 JAPAN

+Style:
A Greeting Card that Will Whisk You Away

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

Used Skateboards Show their True Colors

- UNOWN.
1-7-8 Zushi, Zushi City, Kanagawa Prefecture 249-0006 JAPAN

- CORE.
Info@c-o-r-e.cc

App for That:
This App's All Heart

- Coaido Co., Ltd.
3-40-10 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN

On Site:
Cycle Mode International

- Shimano Inc.
3-77 Oimatsu-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture 590-8577 JAPAN

- Yonex Co., Ltd.
3-23-13 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8543 JAPAN

- East Japan Railway Company
2-23-3 Benten, Chuo-ku, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture 260-8551 JAPAN

Special Report:
Programming for Kids is no Child’s Play

- Tamiya, Inc.
3-7 Ondawara, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture 422-8610 JAPAN

App for That:
A GPS Navigator for Your Tractor

- Agri Info Design, Ltd.
40-1-6 Nishi8jyominami, Obihiro City, Hokkaido 080-0018 JAPAN

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