Now that we’ve been cooped up at home several weeks, I have unknowingly finished almost all the movies and television shows on my watch list. I heard from a friend that NHK World-Japan offers a wide range of free-to-view programmes in up to 18 languages, so I headed over to check out the website.
So far I’m loving the insider information and exposés on the lesser known sights and cultures of Japan, and the even more exclusive access to Japan’s cutting edge businesses and technology.
Great Gear：On Site: Interior Lifestyle Living 2019
Japan is known for incorporating technology to pragmatically improve quality of life. This episode of Great Gear features technology used to improve our living aesthetic, road safety and farm produce.
The Interior Lifestyle Tokyo exhibition showcases innovative products used in the home, from eco-friendly furniture made from discarded wood, to a trashcan that freezes waste at minus 10 degrees Celsius.
As a tea-lover, kawara appliances caught my eye. Clay for kawara, the roof tiles used to decorate temples, is specially cured for 10 years before being shaped. The clay is now being used for kitchenware like sake cups and teapots, and enhances the tea by removing bad flavours naturally as charcoal does. Perfect for that afternoon teatime we’re all having at home now!
Japan’s ageing population has contributed to an increase in driving accidents, significantly due to elderly drivers mistakenly stepping on the accelerator instead of the brake. In response, 80-year-old Heiji Minami built a stop pedal mechanism which engages the brakes when the accelerator pedal is jammed down on. Minami’s mechanism has been well-received by the industry and elderly drivers alike for increasing the safety of all road users.
Direct Talk - Saving the Fukushima Seas: Riken Komatsu / Local Activist
Fukushima experienced 2 disasters on 11 March 2011: the Tohoku earthquake and the Fukushima.
9 years on, lingering suspicions about the safety of Fukushima seafood have caused demand to plummet, a problem which Fukushima native Riken Komatsu is trying to solve.
Quarantine-time-only chef and baker who is temporarily enjoying travelling on the interwebs.