街角情報室 Machikado Joho Shitsu by NHK
My most favorite part of NHK news is….drum roll.. the non-news section called Machikado Joho Shitsu. For every hour’s worth or so of NHK news, Machikado Joho runs for only 5 minutes, right before the weather report. My husband usually records the early morning NHK news and I get to watch one week’s worth (or so) of Machikado Joho in one sitting.
Machikado Joho Shitsu basically shows novelty items, innovative things that haven’t gone mainstream. Not all gadgets/things are super sugoi all the time, of course. There is usually a theme for the day, like Jogging or Gadgets for Seniors (very fitting for an ageing country like Japan). Ok, sometimes they are just amusing and may make you go, what? Really? Isn’t that too lazy? Some days, though they get me totally glued.. Like this week, September 18, Wednesday’s episode ：
お絵かき大好き！I love to draw
You can draw on almost any household surface without worrying of the terrible aftermaths. Once the paint dries, it hardens and peels off easily – no hassle! You can also “preserve” your drawing and transfer it to another surface. Perfect for graffiti kids, events/parties or when your sliding doors are looking boring – an alternative to the 100yen jelly stickers. Let out the Monet in you!
And speaking of Monet, if you’ve been living in Japan, you’d know that Japanese love Monet like they love the cherry blossoms. When you ask a Japanese about art, they’d probably say Monet (or Van Gogh, fine). My minor was Art Studies back in the university, so I do know a thing or two about art. But I’ve never been bombarded with as much Monet before, it now makes me puke. Look, they even came up with Monet crayons!
What? Still not a good way to spark your creative juices? Here is a paperless alternative to get those juices flowing. Without paper and ink, you are not only indulging your artistic side, you’re also saving some trees.