Sasuke Maniac - A 1/2 hour show that runs every Sunday night (into Monday) on TBS in Japan featuring Monster 9 events. Ube emailed me this week saying that the Maguro Festival (Maguro = Tuna for those of you at home) that Nagano helped coordinate (at least his company's (Takasui) section) would be on Sasuke Maniac this week! This would be the first time in almost 3 weeks that they didn't show some giggling girls racing for some competition Monster 9 is promoting and the first time they didn't rehash Sasuke 20! I returned to my trusty program to watch Japanese TV and enjoyed news and documentaries I can’t understand. :)
GROUP HUG! Toshihiro arrives last of the All-stars at the airport. (L-R Toshihiro Takeda, Makoto Nagano, Kazuhiko Akiyama and Katsumi Yamada)
Today is going to be interesting. Mother’s Day.. Had one family celebration yesterday (my Mom) and today (hubby’s Mom)… oh.. they should be arriving about the time I’m starting to type this.. show starts at oh.. 11:50 am (Eastern time since I'm in South Jersey) and they are supposed to be here at 12:30.. can we cut it THAT close? Praying the Maguro festival is first and the girls stuff is later.. please. Let it be that way.. Don’t want the in-laws coming in the computer room going “wtf…..” (edited to add that the entire show finished around 12:15 after and they did show up at exactly 12:30 pm so I did avoid the strange looks (well at least for that particular.. I am a strange daughter-in-law)) :p
Someone got a haircut.. Someone got a haircut.. (at least shaved on the sides and back and so the top is really spikey and long.. ) but.. Nagano of all people should be talking about hair.. wtf is up with Nagano's dye job? LOL Okay okay.. I won't mess with Nagano's Mr. Clairol Look.. (wait.. Pam says he's worth is so.. he must be Loreal..)
Ehem.. still on cloud nine over the Birthday gifts acknowledgments post that Nagano posted on his website. Doesn’t take much I’m sorry.. but still … I’m happy to see that he took time to thank us all on a project we enjoyed doing.. operation make Nagano smile worked quite well (and no we didn’t have a title for the project.. I’m just sayin…. lemme get to the blog before I embarrass myself even more than usual....)
Overhead view (part of the Preview) of the course Makoto Nagano designed for the Maguro Festival when he was in the hospital for 3 weeks. Maybe Nagano is trying to show TBS/Monster 9 that a LINER would be good for the ditches.. I mean c'mon... the pool is clean.. the septic sludge that is Sasuke's (and Takeshi's castle) is sooooo not hygienic.
Okay.. that was a freaky commercial with the bobblehead puppets…. Oh we just started! Yippee! (was going through withdrawal...) Yay airport pictures! Aparently Akiyama was first to arrive in Kagoshima (if that's where they all arrived to.. we'll just say airport because contrary to popular thought.. I don't KNOW everything :p That's Ube :D )
Uh.. Ube.. ere.. where did they arrive? LOL (my Hero Ube helped :) From the picture that is clearly Kagoshima Airport)
It was cute. One by one they all started arriving from each corner of Japan.
Poor Kazuhiko Akiyama.. I wonder how long he was there waiting (Akiyama came from Hokkaidō). Makoto Nagano was in his hometown of Kitaura (which is now Nobeoka in Miyazaki prefecture) that day doing a radio interview so I can only assume this is the same day he took this flight (Friday, April 25th) since the Festival started the following day (Saturday, April 26th and concluding on Sunday, April 27th, 2008).
Next to arrive was Mr. SASUKE himself, Katsumi Yamada (arriving from Hyōgo Prefecture, I can only assume - either way that's where he's from). (Picture L-R, Akiyama, Nagano, some bystander I can only assume and Yamada)
Apparently whatever Toshihiro was talking about Akiyama found it hysterical. Either Nagano is slow on the uptake.. likely.. er.. or he's laughing at Takeda's next funny statement. Akiyama is still enjoying himself :) So nice to see him so outgoing and smiling!
Ube.. you mean the Maguro Gyoza was 400 yen EACH????? Daaaayyyumn! (Ube corrected me - 8 for 400 yen.. that's more reasonable!)
Katsumi smiling sheepishly.. reading Ube's blog made me understand he was quite nervous.
Strolling along to be a part of the 17th Annual Maguro Festival! (Takeda, Akiyama, Nagano with the new All-Star TShirt - sorry kids.. no Nagasaki in the All-Star lineup yet.. gonna have to wait to see if Sasuke 21 makes him one)
Oh.. now I know why he was nervous.. good call Ube.. we got a brokeback moment.. "oh.. can I feel your abs? mmmm.. you've been working out haven't you sweetie?" /sigh.. the price you pay for being man meat on display..
So.. will I look sexy in this picture? (check out the chick on the right.. suck up the stomach girl.. that's right.. don't breathe.. Is Nagano standing on his tippie toes? LMFAO!! (Yamada's shoulder, Akiyama, chick 1, Nagano's puny head, chick 2, Takeda)
Yay! Akiyama signing an autograph.. please mail me one! I want one I want one! Pleeeeassse?
LOL Nagano is a friggin' expert signing T'Shirts.. he's got it all set up stretching it to the right height and making it a pristine canvas :) Now the guy has to figure out if he wants to risk leaving a dirty shirt in his closet or try to wash the shirt and clear it of day old fish festival and sweat.. touch choice.. I'm thinking .. stick with stinky shirt :)
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG......
I'm birthing kittens.. omg omg omg.. I can't breath..
Maguro Festival 2005 apparently (looking at what was written on the top right of the screen) showing the Globe Graps used in the festival. Maguro Festival 2005 showing the original warped wall used in the festival.
Maguro Festival 2005 showing the Rope used in the festival representing the final stage.
At first I did not understand what it was that was being shown and why .. then it started to make sense.. these were the old ones that were used in the previous events and Nagano added to it. Here are this year's new obstacles added to the course.
Maguro Festival 2008 showing the shin-cliffhanger (you know the one no one passed yet.. )
Maguro Festival 2008 showing the Jumping bars
Maguro Festival 2008 showing .. wtf.. wait.. they are showing the pipe slider.. but the poles are facing.. oh what the heck.. Pipe Slider.. for dyslexic people.. (Ube said these were just monkey bars) Maguro Festival 2008 showing all of the obstacles - Ube made sense of this for me :) (from his post - Salmon Ladder, Shin-Cliff Hanger, Spider Walk, Jumping Bars, Pipe Slider, Something that looks like the Swing Ladder, A pole that serves as a bridge (no idea), Plus the Lamp Grasper and Soritatsu Kabe for a total of nine obstacles)
KawaiiiiiiiiiiiKazuhiko's big smiling face :) He looks great! He's finally coming out of his shell! Yay! He looks excited if not a bit nervous to be there! (checked Ube's log.. yeah he's saying he's nervous)
Nagano showing off jumping the wall in one motion and swooping up to the top. I think that's Takeda already up there.
Toshihiro rocking the Salmon ladder. Dude.. what is up with that killer bod Akiyama's sporting.. he back in shape the way he used to be? Hmmmm :) Hope that means he's coming back for Sasuke 21.. please please please let it be..
Akiyama's rocking back and shoulders.. /passes popcorn... oh. yeah he's doing the Cliffhanger :) (eta: Was so busy staring t his body that I didn't realize he was defeating the shin-Cliffhanger!) Nagano and Takeda (shown) were outright laughing at the people wiping out. It's all in good fun but that has to be embarrasing for those poor souls trying their best. Heck.. I missed the shot of Nagano laughing on a microphone... I was laughing too hard myself..
Nevermind.. I found a picture of Nagano laughing at some poor soul.. and if it wasn't enough.. he decided to broadcast his laugh across a great distance.. he did it by microphone.. that bastard.. Nagano helping .. I think.. some guy climb the rope.
Ube's awkward moment.. and no he was not checking her out from below.. get your head out of the gutter boy! LOL Glad girls are even trying the Sasuke course! You go girl! She's doing better than the tarts trying out for Kunoichi.. oh wait... did I say that out loud?
Crowd participation was pretty high! Everything from taking pictures to actually participating on the course! Some were the usual wiping as you would expect.. but some kids actually showed them up! Was fun to see them being very familiar with the course and doing well!Akiyama beeming. He looks great out there!
This seems like it was either the same night that they arrived in the airport or something... if not.. they are TOTALLY wearing the same thing they wore the night before.. I mean.. these are guys.. but still.. I think they are mixing the days up.Yamada and Akiyama heading out to dinner for a guys night out!
Dunno why I didn't get this in my ogglegallery.. but Katsumi got stopped by a flock of people outside the restaurant. He was recognized.. (edited to add.. I found a couple pictures)
The "MR. SASUKE" Guys that first recognized Katsumi outside the restaurant
The guys just basically yelled a bunch of Japanese words then "MR. SASUKE!!!!!!!!" and then a bunch of smiling, bowing, high fives, bowing.. .. zomg moment.. They finally go in and Nagano and Takeda were already getting buzzed :p
Then they cut from there and do some Muscle chick's from outer space.. no wait.. just stupid giggling women omg I can't do this omg I'm running thing.. crying through makeup.. you know.. stuff I can't stand.. So I get up.. walk around.. laugh about what I saw are realize I got friggin' half hour until Mom comes over.. crap.. but they might show something at the end.. going to have to risk it.. take out the glasses and paper plates for pizza lunch.. brb..
I'm glad I came back to check who and what were on the credits!!!!!!!!! Apparently it looked like a preview and I was right! Ube sent me a message that part 2 is going to air next week! ZOMG! When Makoto was interviewed just the day before he reaffirmed what had been in his website for over 2 months.. the fact that Shingo Yamamoto (and possibly but not sure, Bunpei Shiratori) was going to be at the Festival. I saw the initial pics and was dissapointed not to have seen him there... then I came back and saw this..SHINGO SHINGO SHINGO!!!!! Yay! First time in history baby! Shingo Yamamoto actually does something outside of Sasuke! Dude you rock! Shingo is doing the pipe slider and Toshihiro and Makoto look on. Makoto doing the jumping bars...
Right off the jumping bars.. running full sprint around the corner... .. hits trampoline and up on to a pole.. not sure where the pole went.. they cut to Toshihiro.. (and frankly wasn't paying attention because I was too busy screaming to my hubby SHINGO SHINGO SHINGO! LOL) Toshihiro's turn to do the jumping bars.. Not sure where he was coming from or going to but Toshihiro is pumping up the crowd! Final shot of the show for Mother's Day :) Yay Toshihiro!
Anywho.. for those who want to see any of the other Sasuke Maniacs that came out that I blogged:
Remember always Ube does a MUCH better job (See his blog.. it rocks.. - link always on the top left side of my blog or Lost in Ube blog link .. Also.. my previous Sasuke related posts can always be accessed through the tags under Sasuke or Sasuke Mania ;)
Have a spectacular Mother’s Day!
(P.S. Edited as many typos as possible and got some answers from Ube)