Kazuaki Nagata

For Kazuaki Nagata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Masu' maker actualizes the warm glow of a cup of sake

Aug 3, 2015

'Masu' maker actualizes the warm glow of a cup of sake

A significant number of the exhibitors at the recent Maker Faire Tokyo, held at Tokyo Big Site, proved that traditions can be upgraded without shorting any circuits. A prime example would be the wooden drinking cup created by Gifu-based Ohashi Ryoki Co. The square ...

Electronic measuring tape helps slimmers check their waist

Aug 3, 2015

Electronic measuring tape helps slimmers check their waist

It’s a measure of how well your diet is working, but it can be inconvenient to check if your waist is shrinking by wrapping a tape around it and reading off the number. Six college students say a device they have developed does the ...

Shibuya shines in summertime Bon dance festival

Jul 31, 2015

Shibuya shines in summertime Bon dance festival

International students and workers in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward slipped into yukata summer kimono and enjoyed traditional folk dancing Friday during the district’s second annual summer festival. Held at a Shibuya hotel, the dance event aims to promote international exchanges as well as Japanese culture ...

The A-Z on Japan's new SIM card vending machines

Jul 24, 2015

The A-Z on Japan's new SIM card vending machines

On Friday, two SIM card vending machines were launched at Narita International Airport aimed at making travel easier for Japan’s increasing number of inbound tourists. After featuring a story on the new machines in The Japan Times, feedback indicated that readers wanted to know ...