Olympics/ Tokyo To Dump Sand Into Bay Off Odaiba To Raise Water Quality

OLYMPICS/ Tokyo to dump sand into bay off Odaiba to raise water quality

With concerns rising about the water quality in Tokyo Bay ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Tokyo metropolitan government is hoping a massive dump of sand into the sea will offer a quick fix.

Sources said the government plans to pour the sand into the sea at Odaiba Marine Park in Minato Ward from next month.

Sony Announces New Premium Oled And Led 4k Hdr Tvs With Improved Picture Quality And Enhanced User Experience

Sony Announces New Premium OLED and LED 4K HDR TVs with Improved Picture Quality and Enhanced User Experience

New A8F BRAVIA® OLED 4K HDR TV series and X900F 4K HDR TV series incorporate a powerful mix of Sony picture and processing technologies with new Dolby Vision™ support 

LAS VEGAS January 8, 2018 – 5pm PT (CES, Booth #17300)Sony Electronics announced today two new and expanded 4K HDR television series designed to deliver enhanced color, contrast and clarity. The X900F series and A8F BRAVIA OLED series of Sony TVs make the best use of 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) content and improves SD and HD content to near 4K HDR quality with the combination of their unique picture processor and panel control technologies.

Sony Electronics Introduces New In-car Audio With Enhanced Smartphone Connectivity, Oe Integration And Impeccable Sound Quality

Sony Electronics Introduces New In-Car Audio with Enhanced Smartphone Connectivity, OE Integration and Impeccable Sound Quality

LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2018 – 5pm PT (CES, Booth #5011) – Sony Electronics announced today a new line-up of in-car audio systems with added features, most notably the XAV-AX5000 6.95" AV receiver with smartphone integrations and the XM-GS6DSP, an OE upgrade amplifier with a digital signal processor that is ultra-compact without compromising sound quality. The line-up also includes the XS-GS1631C, three-way component speakers that match with the XM-GS6DSP; and the MEX-XB120BT, a single DIN head unit with a built-in high-power amplifier. All products enhance the in-car audio experience, whether it's for long journeys or for those who are on-the-go.


Sony Adds High Magnification, High Quality 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 Aps-c Zoom Lens To E-mount Lens Lineup

Sony Adds High Magnification, High Quality 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 APS-C Zoom Lens to E-mount Lens Lineup

New Compact, Lightweight E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Features Outstanding Sharpness and Fast, Precise, Quiet AF for a wide variety of still and video applications

SAN DIEGO, Jan 4, 2018 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced its 48th E-mount lens.  This new APS-C lens features a versatile 18-135mm focal length, aperture range of F3.5-F5.6 and Optical SteadyShot™ stabilization.

'sakura Quality' To Help Quake-hit Kyushu Tourism Blossom Again

'Sakura Quality' to help quake-hit Kyushu tourism blossom again

Hotels and ryokan in a Kyushu tourist zone are aiming to speed the area's economic recovery from a series of strong earthquakes in 2016 by earning a "Sakura Quality" certificate designed to reassure foreign visitors.

Straddling Kumamoto, Oita and Miyazaki prefectures, the Aso-Kuju tourist zone, along with other regions across Japan, has introduced the certification system to appeal to the growing number of individual travelers visiting the nation.

Travelers' Treasures / Gokujyo Nanakaku Shimakokutan (fine-quality Heptagonal Macassar Ebony Chopsticks)

Travelers' Treasures / Gokujyo Nanakaku Shimakokutan (Fine-quality heptagonal macassar ebony chopsticks)

Edo Kibashi chopsticks, prized for their functionality, are chopsticks handmade from choice woods such as ebony, red sandalwood, ironwood, boxwood, or maple. They make the most of the wood's quality. Chopsticks are personal items that people use every day. That is why the greatest appeal of Edo Kibashi chopsticks is that they come in all shapes and sizes in a range of thicknesses, lengths, and weights. In particular, Gokujyo Nanakaku Shimakokutan chopsticks are a standard favorite, easy to hold and easy to eat with. Chopsticks are held with three digits — the thumb, the index and middle fingers. That is why chopsticks with an odd number of sides fit comfortably in the hand. However, because odd-sided chopsticks do not have parallel sides such as even-sided chopsticks do, whittling them requires a high level of skill. These chopsticks are whittled into a heptagonal shape from the wide end up to 1 millimeter from the tip. The tip is further whittled down to achieve ultimate functionality.


Steamed Yamato Vegetables, A Taste Of Michelin Star-quality Food

Steamed Yamato vegetables, a taste of Michelin star-quality food

Kuruminoki, a cafe-cum-grocery store, can be found next to the Japan Railways track in a residential area of Nara dotted with little old temples. It is easy to spot, as people line up to secure one of the 80 lunch servings offered each day.

A native of Takamatsu, Yukiko Ishimura, who opened the store 33 years ago, was living at that time in Nara's suburbs after getting married.

Olympus 45mm And 17mm F1.2 Pro Lenses Emphasize Bokeh Quality

Olympus 45mm and 17mm F1.2 Pro lenses emphasize bokeh quality

Olympus has announced 17mm and 45mm F1.2 Pro primes, offering high-end fast 35mm and 90mm equivalent lenses. The lenses use the same 60mm filters that the existing 25mm F1.2 Pro uses and, like that lens both are weather sealed and dust proof.

The two lenses expand the company's series of F1.2 lenses, which are equivalent to 35 and 90mm F2.4 lenses for full frame. This allows Micro Four Thirds users to achieve very shallow levels of depth-of-field at the focal lengths where they need this capability. The lenses are designed to be consistent in size with one another.

Xperia Xz Premium Gets Jerryrigeverything Treatment; Build Quality Shines Through

Xperia XZ Premium gets JerryRigEverything treatment; build quality shines throughThe Xperia XZ Premium is Sony's flagship design, built with Sony's trademark build quality. This has been evidenced by JerryRigEverything's latest durability test, where he puts the Xperia XZ Premium through his scratch, bend, burn (torture) tests. It's somewhat painful watching the Xperia XZ Premium put through these tests, but the outcome shows Sony's build quality shine through. Check out the video below.