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Jan. 5, 2019 Sat.

Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2018

The Hot Rod Custom Show is a mechanical extravaganza featuring the machines of famous builders from overseas, as well as 650 bikes and over 300 hot rods by owners from all over Japan. Reporter David Neale, who is nuts about everything on two or four wheels, was there "On Site." Let's get ready to ride!

Schedule: Schedule: Dec. 2, 2018
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The ultimate place to check out individual customization is the Hot Rod Custom Show, held each year in Yokohama. Now in its 27th year, this time it attracted a record 18,000 enthusiasts. There are hundreds of two and four-wheel vehicles and no two are alike. Throughout the 1900's customized cars have grown into an important part of American pop culture, but enthusiasm for hot rods is alive here in Japan as well. Highlights from this coverage include classic 1920's and 30's Fords fitted with brand-new V8s, souped-up American and Japanese pickup trucks, a variety of custom motorcycles including a two-wheeler with aluminum components handmade by a world-famous custom builder, colorful pinstripe custom paint jobs to add style to any ride, as well as vintage cars from the US and Japan transformed into bold and stunning lowriders.

  • Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2018
  • Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2018
  • Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2018
  • Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2018
  • Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2018
  • Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2018
  • Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2018
  • Yokohama Hot Rod Custom 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.

- Mooneyes
2-10 Honmoku-Miyahara, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0804 JAPAN

- Notice.
6935-1 Yuki, Yuki City, Ibaraki Prefecture 307-0001 JAPAN

- Pumpkin Sally.
94-10 Kotake, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture 256-0802 JAPAN

- M&F Cuby.
56-1 Hamachi, Nishimiyuki-cho, Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture 441-8113 JAPAN

- 46 works.
8240-6599 Nishiide, Oizumu-cho, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture 409-1501 JAPAN

- TRIJYA.
5-4-18 Hongo, Kashiwara City, Osaka Prefecture 582-0001 JAPAN

- chabott engineering.
1101 W Foothill Blvd Unit 7, Azusa, California 91702 U.S.A.

Printable Fashion for Your Nails

Nail art's popularity is on the rise. But for many busy women, it's hard to find the time for a visit to the nail salon. In this "Gadgets" segment, we introduce an innovative solution to this problem that was developed by a beauty appliance manufacturer. Our fashion-conscious reporter, Tomoko Maeda, went there for a hands-on experience.

Developed by beauty appliance manufacturer and distributor Koizumi Seiki, "PriNail" is a home inkjet printer specifically for nail art. It's simple to use: open the dedicated app on a smartphone or tablet, choose a design from the 300 samples available, place your finger in the printer and an integrated camera shows the position of your nail. You can adjust the printing area and design size. Press "Print," wait ten seconds, and voilĂ ! The printer can complete delicate patterns and color gradients that even nail artists would find difficult to achieve. It can even print photos! The machine uses three water-based pigments and has a resolution of 1,200 dpi. The ink adheres to nails thanks to a special primer that's included with the printer. The company aims to eventually release a toenail version of the device, which just like its predecessor, is sure to be a hit.

  • Printable Fashion for Your Nails
  • Printable Fashion for Your Nails
  • Printable Fashion for Your Nails
  • Printable Fashion for Your Nails
  • Printable Fashion for Your Nails
  • Printable Fashion for Your Nails
  • Printable Fashion for Your Nails
  • Printable Fashion for Your Nails

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.

- Koizumi Seiki Corporation.
3-3-7 Bingomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 541-0051 JAPAN

Digitizing Japan's Historical Texts

On our "Special Report," we look at image-processing technology applied to reading old text. It makes it possible for anyone to read text from the Edo period, or even older. We sent our navigator Matthew Masaru Barron to check out this impressive, newly developed system that may just lead to a rediscovery of Japanese culture.

Toppan Printing, one of the world's largest printing company, has an impressive collection of old Japanese books and other documents, some dating back to the Edo period or even older. But the handwritten characters on such texts can be quite hard to read, even for Japanese people. To solve this problem, the company created a system to decipher these words and make them readable to all. The technology instantly reads the characters on a document that is scanned and converts them into a contemporary typeface. Just select a portion of text and the system converts it into modern-day characters. They've scanned a huge number of old documents and built up a database of all the different subtle variations for each character, with entries totaling in the hundreds of thousands. Toppan Printing sees making such valuable historical texts legible to everyone as part of their role as a printing company.

  • Digitizing Japan's Historical Texts
  • Digitizing Japan's Historical Texts
  • Digitizing Japan's Historical Texts
  • Digitizing Japan's Historical Texts
  • Digitizing Japan's Historical Texts
  • Digitizing Japan's Historical Texts
  • Digitizing Japan's Historical Texts
  • Digitizing Japan's Historical Texts

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.

- Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
1-5-1 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8560 JAPAN

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