With the January blues finally over it’s time to get back into the swing of things for 2011! Earlier in the year, Kenwood UK’s Product Manager, Mike Edwards, made the yearly pilgrimage over to the far east to see the 2011 range coming to the UK market. While spending his time in Tokyo, Japan, Mike thought he’d take a few snaps on the way to show how hard he was working… it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!
Let’s kick off with a picture from Friday night in downtown Tokyo… surprisingly calm road, right? Take a look to the right corner of the street – how busy is the street?! It’s not really surprising, Tokyo is roughly 884 miles square in size, but it’s inhabited by over 13 million people – that’s an average of 15,000 per square mile!!
And you thought Leicester square was illuminated? This is just a typical ad complex up the side of a Tokyo building, you literally can’t go anywhere without being (attempted) sold something.
Japan may have spawned so many great gaming consoles, but sometimes it’s the most simple of things which are used for amusements. You’re looking at a device called a Pachinko - a sort of vertical pinball machine, but with no flippers and loads of small balls.The player fires a ball up into the machine, cascading down through a dense forest of pins. In most cases, the ball falls to the bottom and is lost, but if it instead goes into certain pockets, more balls are released as a jackpot!
Food never quites looks as it’s shown in the menu, but in Japan they at least go one step further – all these available dishes at a typical restaurant are in fact made of plastic! Simply point at what you want, and pray it looks similar.
This is more like it – the main Kenwood HQ based in Hachioji, Tokyo. The original Kenwood Brand was first founded way back in 1946!
Down to business (and the focus of the trip), here’s inside Kenwood HQ checking out all the new products and features for 2011. Stay tuned as we’ll be posting up more details and products soon.
Let’s finish off with something every man should have back in the UK. This is a Japanese toilet… but not as you know it. Not only is it heated but it also plays soothing electronic music… oh and there’s a built in bidet, always shut the lid unless you want a wet floor.