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Production Year 2016



テイクテック [NHK]

|Length : 10min. x10 |Year : 2016

Take Tech is an educational program for children from upper elementary school to high school designed to foster familiarity with everyday technology.
The focus is technology we depend on in our daily lives, such as products found in people’s homes, information systems and machines. Why were they created, and how do they work? Each episode features one key tech, and explains its mechanism and function in an easy-to-understand way. The program closes with a “Question” segment that encourages viewers to do some independent research to sum up what they’ve learned.

(1. Control the Flow)
How does a flush toilet work? This episode goes inside the tank of a toilet to trace the flow of water.

(2. Transmit the Power)
Hand mixers are used in home cooking, but how do the beaters spin so fast? Take a look inside at the different parts and see how they operate.

(3. Convert to Heat)
Hair dryers are handy for drying hair in a jiffy. But how do they blow warm air? This episode examines the mechanism step by step.

(4. Amplify the Signal)
Talk into a microphone and your voice comes out from a speaker, loud and clear. Find out how the mic, speaker and amplifier work together to make sounds louder.

(5. Measure the Time)
Open the back of a watch, and an array of intricate parts comes into view. This episode explains how a watch accurately measures time, down to the second.

(6. Capture the Light)
Today, snapping a photograph is as easy as picking up a smartphone. Explore the technology that allows cameras and smartphones capture images of what we see.

(7. Organize Information)
Shine a red light on a product’s barcode, and data such as the price appear. This episode introduces the technology for reading barcodes, and explains how they’re used to organize information.

(8. Control the Motion)
Insert a coin into a vending machine, press a button, and it dispenses a product. Take a close-up look at what goes on inside.

(9. Meeting the Target)
In Japan, bathtubs are equipped with a unique system for controlling water temperature and volume. Find out how it heats the water to the set temperature and fills the tub.

(10. Cut With the Wedge)
Scissors allow us to cut all kinds of shapes, such as circles and squares, freely and precisely. This episode examines the simple but remarkable technology that makes this possible.

1. Control the Flow
2. Transmit the Power
3. Convert to Heat
4. Amplify the Signal
5. Measure the Time
6. Capture the Light
7. Organize Information
8. Control the Motion
9. Meeting the Target
10. Cut With the Wedge

SERIES Gretel's Oven | A Kyoto Treat to Beat the Heat


京女の“夏越し”の和菓子 [NHK]

|Length : 24min |Year : 2016

It's a Kyoto tradition to eat sweets called minazuki on June 30 every year. They symbolize a wish to make it safely through the merciless summer heat of Kyoto. According to tradition, the triangle shape is a reminder of cool ice, and the beans on top ward against evil.

SERIES Gretel's Oven | Kashiwa-mochi for Children’s Day


端午の節句のかしわ餅 [NHK]

|Length : 24min |Year : 2016

Kashiwa-mochi are a key part of celebrating Children's Day. The leaves of a kashiwa (oak) don't fall until new shoots have formed. These symbolic leaves are used to wrap mochi filled with sweet beans. It's a wish for the success and prosperity of a family's descendants. This episode will introduce the different types of kashiwa-mochi made and eaten across Japan.

SERIES Gretel's Oven | For Students Everywhere: The Plum Sweets of Tenjin


天神様の梅スイーツ [NHK]

|Length : 24min |Year : 2016

Umegae-mochi, literally “plum-branch rice” sweets, have a very old relationship with Sugawara no Michizane. This real-life historical figure is now celebrated as the god of learning in Japan. Discover more about these sweets, which are now eaten all over the country.

SERIES Gretel's Oven | The Peach Festival: Hanamochi in Matsue


桃の節句 松江の花もち [NHK]

|Length : 24min |Year : 2016

Matsue is an old castle town in Shimane Prefecture with a long tradition of eating sweets with a cup of green tea. A unique local sweet called hanamochi is eaten to mark Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day. It is brightly decorated in pink and pale green in honor of the festival. We’ll meet the people carrying on this special tradition.

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