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Aired: May 9, 2014


1.NIPPON ABC: "H" Hakone yosegizaiku

Featuring creative works and projects of young artisans inspired by Japanese traditional culture.

The keyword of the day is H for Hakone Yosegi Zaiku (a type of traditional Japanese parquetry). Yosegi-zaiku is a type of traditional Japanese parquetry that makes best use of natural fine grains and colors of wood, and has been around for about 200 years. The most famous type of parquetry is called "Hakone Yosegi Zaiku". Kiyotaka Tsuyuki, the fourth owner of "Tsuyuki Mokkousho" in Odawara, is known as the new rising star of "Hakone Yosegi Zaiku".

2.NIPPON MY FAVORITES: Albert Siegel from the US

Foreign correspondents introduce their favorite places, pastimes and other exciting information on Japan. Also features their insight on the charm and appeal of Japan, its similar points and differences from their home countries.

Albert Siegel’s favorite things about Japan are Japanese cameras, sukiyaki and family-owned stores! In this segment, he explains what’s so great about family-owned businesses that treat customers like part of the family.


Japan’s trending sub-culture introduced by Ichiya Nakamura, a key person in promoting Japanese pop-culture to the world.

From vending machines to humanoid robots, we are surrounded by machinery. Nakamura says there is something interesting about Japanese-made machinery that keeps fascinating adults and children of all ages. When you are in Japan, be sure to experience Japanese technology!


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