Barasu: To Expose

Deconstruct Japanese Products

10 x 28'

In this series, popular Japanese products are taken apart to reveal the origins of their function and form.
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Program Info

Title Barasu: To Expose ばら・す
Duration 2 x 26 min. + 8 x 28 min. 26分×2本+28分×8本
Location Japan 日本
Language English or Spanish 英語版 / スペイン語版
Format HDTV
Genre Technology, Industry テクノロジー、産業
Production AMAZON LATERNA アマゾンラテルナ
Production Year 2016-2017 2016-2017年

Synopsis

In this series, popular Japanese products are taken apart to reveal the origins of their function and form. The program also shows how inspiration led the people who made the products to create something new.

Ep.01: Washlet Apricot F3A (TOTO)

Washlet Apricot F3A (TOTO)The first episode features the Toto Washlet Apricot F3A. Since its debut in 1980, the product has defined and refined the market for personal hygiene toilet seats. The Wonder Wave Cleanse feature, for example, provides cleaning and comfort with a minimum of water.

Ep.02: Motorcycle Super Cub 50 Standard Model (Honda)

Motorcycle Super Cub 50 Standard Model (Honda)The second episode examines the Honda Super Cub 50 Standard Model motorcycle. Sixty million units have been manufactured in 15 countries and sold in over 160 countries since 1958. The tires have also contributed to its success. They’re able to restore themselves when punctured. The product reflects the enthusiasm of company founder Soichiro Honda for durability, economic efficiency, and safety.

Ep.03: Household Sewing Machine Exceed Quilt Special (JUKI)

Household Sewing Machine Exceed Quilt Special (JUKI)JUKI Corporation is the world’s largest producer of industrial sewing machines. It manufactures around 2,000 types and sells them to well over 150 countries. This episode features a product made for household use, the “Exceed Quilt Special.” It’s a compact, computerized sewing machine that incorporates industrial technology and functions. The program examines how it works and what it has to offer individual consumers.

Ep.04: Running Shoe GEL-KAYANO 19 (ASICS)

Running Shoe GEL-KAYANO 19 (ASICS)ASICS is one of Japan’s leaders in running shoes, with products for professionals as well as ealth-conscious, recreational athletes. The long-selling GEL-KAYANO model hit the market two decades ago and has continuously evolved. Among its innovations is the integration of an impactabsorbing silicone material. The program will examine the 19th version of the shoe and the technology that facilitates safe and comfortable running.

Ep.05: Photo Sticker Booth girly girly (I.M.S)

Photo Sticker Booth girly girly (I.M.S)The fifth episode will feature photo sticker booth “girly girly” Photo sticker booths became an instant hit in Japan, especially to young girls, upon its appearance in arcades in 1995. Developers of photo sticker booths have unceasingly made efforts to meet young girls desire to “capture oneself beautifully in a photograph” The program will take a close look at one popular photo sticker booth, “girly girly”exploring its functions and techniques on how it provides beautiful photographs.

Ep.06: Massage Chair CYBER-RELAX AS-830 (FUJIIRYOKI)

Massage Chair CYBER-RELAX AS-830 (FUJIIRYOKI)The sixth episode features massage chair CYBER RELAX AS-830. Some machines can now provide foot massage, stretches and countless massage variations in just a push of a button. The program takes a close look at massage chair CYBER RELAX AS-830, developed to replicate the sensation of a real massage, and explore its functions and mechanism that make it all possible.

Ep.07: G-SHOCK GS-1000J (Casio)

G-SHOCK GS-1000J (Casio)Casio’s G-SHOCK wrist watch series has been popular since its debut in 1983 in the US, followed by a major hit in Japan as well. The seventh episode takes a close look at G-SHOCK GS-1000J which features a shock-resistant body, solarcharging system and automatic time adjusting function among others.

Ep.08: Electric Sports Car EV MINI SPORT (TAJIMA MOTOR CORPORATION)

Electric Sports Car EV MINI SPORT (TAJIMA MOTOR CORPORATION)Electric vehicles have been gaining popularity in recent years. The eighth episode takes a close look at Japan’s very first electric sports car, the EV MINI SPORT. Designed and developed by Tajima Motor Corporation, the EV MINI SPORT incorporates unique mechanisms for achieving an eco-friendly and sporty race-car-like driving performance.

Ep.09: Digital Single-lens Reflex Camera EOS 5D Mark II (Canon)

Digital Single-lens Reflex Camera EOS 5D Mark II (Canon)The ninth episode will take a close look at digital single-lens reflex camera EOS 5D Mark II by Canon. It will reveal the mechanisms within the camera’s sturdy magnesium-alloy body, single-lens that captures knockout images by optimizing light and reflection, and its full-frame 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor.

Ep.10: Radio Cassette Player CF-1980 (Sony)

Radio Cassette Player CF-1980 (Sony)The tenth episode will take a close look at radio cassette player CF-1980 by Sony. Since the disaster in 2011, radio cassette players have been gaining renewed popularity for their convenience and portability. The idea to combine a radio and a cassette player into one device was first conceived and realized in Japan, and has changed the home electronics industry ever since. The program will reveal CF-1980’s mechanisms and explore the wisdom within its technology.

Episode list

Ep.01 Washlet Apricot F3A (TOTO)
Ep.02 Motorcycle Super Cub 50 Standard Model (Honda)
Ep.03 Household Sewing Machine Exceed Quilt Special (JUKI)
Ep.04 Running Shoe GEL-KAYANO 19 (ASICS)
Ep.05 Photo Sticker Booth girly girly (I.M.S)
Ep.06 Massage Chair CYBER-RELAX AS-830 (FUJIIRYOKI)
Ep.07 G-SHOCK GS-1000J (Casio)
Ep.08 Electric Sports Car EV MINI SPORT (TAJIMA MOTOR CORPORATION)
Ep.09 Digital Single-lens Reflex Camera EOS 5D Mark II (Canon)
Ep.10 Radio Cassette Player CF-1980 (Sony)

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