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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sasuke 25 Navi - Part 2

This is Part 2 of Sasuke Navi the 1 hour preview show for Sasuke 25. Part 1 of Navi had a mixture of participants who arrived via Sasuke Trials which was held on February 14, 2010. Now they are showing all 47 prefectures of Japan and showing how many participants from each are in Sasuke 25. Time for geography class again!

All the way to the north near the Arctic circle is the Hokkaidō 北海道 region of Japan and it's lone Prefecture of Hokkaidō 北海道 with 3 representatives
All-Star Kazuhiko Akiyama 秋山 和彦 is from this region

Heading south from Hokkaido is the Tōhoku 東北地方 region. The prefectures and their representatives are as follows: Aomori 青森県 with 1 representative, Iwate 岩手県 with 1 representative, Miyagi 宮城県 with 1 representative, Akita 秋田県 with 1 representative, Yamagata 山形県 with 2 representatives and Fukushima 福島県 with 1 representative

Continuing south is probably the most familiar regions of Japan simply because it's home of Tokyo. This is the Kantō 関東地方 region of Japan. The prefectures in this region are: Ibaraki 茨城県 with 1 representative, Tochigi 栃木県 with 3 representatives, Gunma 群馬県 with 2 representatives, Saitama 埼玉県 with the most representatives at 8, Chiba 千葉県 with 2 representatives, Tokyo 東京 with 7 representatives and Kanagawa 神奈川県 with 5 representatives.
All-Star Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟 is from Tokyo and All-Star Bunpei Shiratori 白鳥文平 (who is not participating today) is from Chiba.

Heading further south and west is the Chūbu 中部地方 region of Japan. The Prefectures in this area are: Niigata 新潟県 with 2 representatives, Toyama 富山県 with 1 representative, Ishikawa 石川県 with 1 representive, Fukui 福井県 with 1 representative, Yamanashi 山梨県 with 1 representative, Nagano 長野県 with 1 representative, Gifu 岐阜県 with 1 representative, Shizuoka 静岡県 with 3 representatives and Aichi 愛知県 with 4 representatives.
All-Star Toshihiro Takeda 竹田敏浩 is from Gifu.

Continuing south of Japan we are in the Kansai 関西地方 region. The Prefectures here are: Mie 三重県 with 2 representatives, Shiga 滋賀県 with 1 representative, Kyoto 京都府 with 4 representatives, Osaka 大阪府 with 4 representatives, Hyōgo 兵庫県 with 1 representative, Nara 奈良県 with 1 representative and Wakayama 和歌山県 with 1 representative.
All-Star Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己 who is not attending today is from Hyogo

Continuing south is the Chūgoku 中国地方 region of Japan (that's the top part of this picture). The Prefectures in this region are: Tottori 鳥取県 with 1 representative, Shimane 島根県 with 2 representatives, Okayama 岡山県 with 1 representative, Hiroshima 広島県 with 2 representatives and Yamaguchi 山口県 with 1 representative.
Our wonderful Lost in Ube is located in Yamaguchi prefecture :)
and the Shikoku 四国 region (which is the bottom section of this picture) has the following Prefectures: Tokushima 徳島県 with 1 representative, Kagawa 香川県 with 3 representatives, Ehime 愛媛県 with 1 representative and Kōchi 高知県 with 1 representative.

The last 2 regions are at the south of Japan. The picture at the top is the Kyūshū 九州 region of Japan with the following prefectures: Fukuoka 福岡県 with 1 representative, Saga 佐賀県 with 2 representatives, Nagasaki 長崎県 with 1 representative, Kumamoto 熊本県 with 2 representatives, Ōita 大分県 with 1 representative, Miyazaki 宮崎県 with 2 representatives and Kagoshima 鹿児島県 with 1 representative.
All-Star Makoto Nagano 長野誠 is actually from Miyazaki prefecture.
The last section at the bottom is a string of islands almost to Taiwan.. this is the Okinawa 沖縄県 region of Japan. It's lone prefecture of Okinawa 沖縄県 has 2 representatives.

Phew.. now that THAT is over.. we are back to Sasuke 25 sign in!! (Cough February 20, 2010)

For the first time the contestants pick up an additional saddlecloth to place with their numbered saddlecloth. The red indicates region (prefecture or country in the case of foreigners).

Kawaiiiiiiiiii - Friggin' Makoto Nagano 長野誠 got his son Kaiou 塊王 in a cowboy hat!

Yoshiyuki Okuyama 奥山義行

Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司

Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (and Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 on the right of the picture)

Tokyo 東京 Prefecture!

Tokyo 東京 (not sure what that last kanji is..)

Either way this is the home of Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (UNCLI #3) - Shoe salesman for the Haruta Shoes

and of course Sasuke's 3rd Champion - Sasuke 24 Kanzenseiha

This apparently is the celebration at a restaurant on his victory.

His win made the newspapers!

Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 lives with his Mother (which is very common in Japan I'm reminded) Her name is Takako 孝子(thanks David K. for translation)

Aww this is sad.. This is the father of Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治. He died 24 years ago (When Yuuji was 7 years old) . Apparently Yuuji seems to be an only child.

Aww.. that's sad. Yuuji's father died of cancer so he lives and supports his mother in his father's absence.

Not sure where this is.. but it's a training ground that Yuuji uses

Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 using obstacles in this place to practice for Sasuke.

Kinda cool looking place btw...

Fans recognize him on the playground

Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 doing balance testing on logs

POP QUIZ.. just kidding.. Saitama is just north of Tokyo where the most representatives come from for this Sasuke.

This is Saitama 埼玉県 Prefecture.

Aah.. that's where he's from.. This is home to our KONGO!! Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 This is him celebrating his first stage success in Sasuke 24.

And glorious celebration in the 2nd stage

And as Ube calls it.. him humping the mat when he FINALLY made the final in Sasuke 24.

Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 getting felt .. er.. his muscles.. by little kids.. oh wait.. I see an adult chick there.. sneaky woman! I like!

LMFAO Some chick is totally going for it bypassing the kids.. I like her style!

Peer pressure taking over.. another chick grabs his hands!

GIRLS COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK! LOL They all want a piece of him!

Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 - Dude.. I wasn't that popular before.. wtf..

Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 training the next generation

Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 has a huge sign announcing his domicile! In English! Mwahahah I like him :)

Oh.. that's his little.. wait.. the chyron is wrong.. her age is not 9 that's his son's. His daughter Ain 愛夢 is 5 years old. (Thanks David K for kanji!)

Mental note.. Ain 愛夢 can kick your ass...

THIS is Tomu 斗夢.. and clearly not 5 years old.. that's his daughter.. Tomu 斗夢 is 9 years old... and HOLY CRAP.. he's going to be powerful if he's already doing cliffhanger stuff.. ROFL I didn't see Ain up there already ready to climb the thing...

Excellent Smithers.. release the hounds..

Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 continuing training his army of ninja kids!

Hey Snowy he finally shaved his head .. and not with those lines either! LOL

North of that is Yamagata 山形県

Yamagata 山形県 Prefecture

Home of our next finalist from Sasuke 24 - Yoshiyuki Okuyama 奥山義行

Wow he looks different with dyed hair LOL

These are the Okuyama kids (Son Takaya and Daughter Lilia)

Awwwwwww they are watching the Takeda demise in Sasuke 24..

WHAT??? TBS IS SHOWING DELETED FOOTAGE!!!!!!!!! HOLY CRAP this is Sasuke 19 - he was cut from this..

.. okay he got to the Jumping Spider.. okay.. so where did he fail??

Ooooooh he failed at the warped wall.. Thanks TBS! I'm waiting for Nagano in Sasuke 7 :p

Yoshiyuki Okuyama 奥山義行 Death by Warped Wall in Sasuke 19

Sasuke 20 we all know he made it to the 2nd stage where he forced a redesign of the stick slider..

Sasuke 22 he failed the Shin Cliffhanger

Sasuke 23 he lost to the Spider flip

And we know Yoshiyuki Okuyama 奥山義行 was one of the 5 finalists of Sasuke 24

Yoshiyuki Okuyama 奥山義行 stock footage of him training with his kids

And because he knows TBS/M9 is uberly sadistic in possibly bringing back an old obstacle like the body prop.. our boy is NOT taking chances .. LOL I like his style :)

wtf is this? LOL J/K the kids wrote him a letter.. why not just say it since he's 2 feet in front of you.. oh this is soooooo Japanese :p

Lilia and Takuya are so proud of that letter :)

Apparently it says that they believe in him and next time achieve Kanzenseiha :) (LOL When asked in Sasuke 24 Takuya wasn't sure if he Dad could do it.. LOL I guess he has a change of heart now!)

Going way south now.. to Shimane 島根県 Prefecture

Shimane 島根県 Prefecture

Home to Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司 our next Finalist from Sasuke 24

LOL this part was awesome where Koji tried to hug his mother and she shooed him away! Don't touch me I'm totally having a nervous breakdown!!

Hmm.. seems he's visiting the family home.. seems he moved away?

Hellooooooo.. anyone home?

Dude wtf.. someone put up a towel RIGHT at the home entrance!

Dad: That was totally my idea :)
Btw.. Parents names: mother is Chihoko 千歩子 and father Hiroyuki

Oh that's totally cool. Koji's parents framed his saddle cloths. For the uninitiated.. the numbers without a Sasuke date (like the 31) are from Trials. TBS/M9 made him go to trials 3 times.. in a row..

Continuation of the Trials numbers and of course the most recent Sasuke on the right.

Dangit.. they are making me hungry! Check out the bunny in front of the big screen TV!.. sorry.. I look for this stuff..

I have no idea what is making his mom cheese right now but Dad must have made a funny.

Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司 is a personal trainer

And he practices for Sasuke in the gym

Btw.. did I remind you that he's actually an accomplished gymnast as well?

Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司 I'm kicking ass and taking names yo..

We got foreigners! Since G4 sucks and didn't send anyone to 24 because these guys were busy.. they just sent the same guys that were invited back to Sasuke 25 (which btw is alright with me since all 3 made it past the 1st stage in 23). ANYWAY.. Brian Orosco ブライアン・オロスコ is on your right and Richard King リチャード・キング is on your left.

Taiwan's Lee En Chi リー・エンチ is also here

Unidentified foreign dude.. (waiting on full competitor list)

Another unidentified foreign dude.

Ah we see Taiwan 台湾 (btw.. for those who don't know.. the string of islands just to the east of Taiwan is Japan's Okinawa prefecture.. just to give you an idea where they are in relation.

Taiwan 台湾

Taiwan's Lee En Chi リー・エンチ

He is also a returning Finalist from Sasuke 24

I see the Sasuke towel is getting some mileage! I want one!

Lee is introducing his parents

And introducing his sisters

Father on the left Tinfon ティンフォン and Mother on the right Chinsun チンスン
Thanks David K for approximate translations!

This is his Mom Chinsun チンスン. She's really pretty!!

His sisters. Izai イザイ, Honwon ホンウォン and Honzun ホンヅン

I have 3 sisters.. do you have any idea how much they tortured me? The only son???

LOL!!!!! They decided to blur his Sasuke 25 saddlecloth! (btw.. this was taped After Sasuke 25.. this was March 3rd)

Taiwan's Lee En Chi リー・エンチ introducing his shrine to the Legendary Bruce Lee

Since Lee was a child he was always climbing

.. and hanging upside down!

So you can imagine how much of an advantage he had doing Taiwan's one and only Sasuke Trials (before Sasuke 17 back in 2006)

Lee is actually pretty famous in Taiwan and has been in many magazines and newspapers

This is actual advertisement for Sasuke 17

I think this was for Sasuke 18.. either way he has all of these wonderful photos up on his blog

He's actually recognized on the streets of Taiwan as a reporter for TBS found out

They would stop random people and show a photo of Taiwan's Lee En Chi リー・エンチ and they would recognize him!

More people who recognize Lee

And this is a psycho..

I can only assume this is a training center in Taiwan for his climbing

Sure looks like it!

Kanzen.. wtf.. did they just give birth during commercial break? who's the kid??

Okay now this cracks me up. Next is the United States of America..

But in Japan.. they just say Amerika アメリカ - (I guess Central and South America don't count and Canada doesn't exist.. LOL)

To TBS.. this is Mr. America - Levi Meeuwenberg リーヴァイ・ミューエンバーグ

Team Tempest.. er.. uhm.. the 3 Americans arrive jet lagged (possibly drunk? LOL who knows after ANW..) to Narita Airport in Chiba, Japan

Free Running フリーランニング since that's all USA sends these days :p I'm not biter or anything..

ANW.. what is supposed to be USA Sasuke Trials but isn't.. It's G4's lame attempt to recreate Sasuke in the USA.. complete with joke competitors and ditzy exhibitionists bimbos.. sorry.. I'm digressing at a rapid rate of speed aren't I?

Just what Levi wanted. He's just a jumping exhibitionist who cares more for the performance as TBS says.

Levi Meeuwenberg リーヴァイ・ミューエンバーグ : TOTAL VICTORY! (I have to give him credit for not butchering a Japanese word and just sticking with English AND he didn't say Ninja Warrior! :) Okay.. 2 kudos!

Well they didn't stay with the Americans long.. we are almost time for Nagano!

And Shingo!

And.. wtf is Mr. Octopus doing???

I don't even have to look this up.. I know where they are going.. this is Miyazaki 宮崎県 where Nagano is originally from.

Miyazaki 宮崎県 Prefecture .. mmmmmm palm trees...

Wow.. Kaiou 塊王 is now 9 months old (time flies) and Asami 紗美 and Makoto are paying their respects at a Shinto Shrine.

Sorry thinking of anime and all I hear is "stuff like this.. stuff like that"..

All-star - Makoto Nagano 長野誠

He took a bath in Sasuke 24....

Oh. this is just precious.. Kaoiu is trying to get to daddy...

You start to see his fingers curl onto his dad's shirt...

Someone.. help me.. I want to get to daddy...

Now he's really hauling out of Asami's arms to get to daddy!

Asami getting pissed.. Sit still boy.. I swear you are JUST like your father.. Makoto being a guy.. is oblivious to his surroundings.. LOL

Replay of the painful elimination of Takeda in Sasuke 24...

And one of the rare times you would see Makoto actually openly weep...

He regrets not being able to participate in stages 2 and 3

All-star - Makoto Nagano 長野誠 training with a skintight shirt that came out of a can...

Take a drink.. it's Descente gear.. I swear they are doing this on purpose so I can never complain about him never having new clothes :p

This is cute. Nagano is doing pull ups with his body (yeah yeah correct me later) and then jumps in the air to get that extra momentum..

Kaiou is transfixed at the action...

While Asami is calling out how many times he's actually going up and down..

You actually hear Kaiou giggle!

While Asami continues to crack the whip .. Makoto is just begging for mercy at this point.. but my girl won't let him.. mwahahhahaha

Makoto writing stick figures in the sand with.. a stick.. sorry!! That's what kanji looks to me!!

Okay okay.. he wrote.. SASUKE (in romanji along the top) and 完全制覇 (which means Kanzenseiha along the bottom and his name Makoto Nagano 長野誠

Back in the tour of Japan.. we are in.. Osaka 大阪府 prefecture

Osaka 大阪府 prefecture

Home of.. oh .. hell..

Yukio Iketani 池谷幸雄

Oh thank God we didn't stay long.. okay.. now to .. Kyoto 京都府

Kyoto 京都府 Prefecture

.. damn it just got worse.. boy band Shinsengumi Rien 新撰組リアン
Tetsuji Sakakibara 榊原徹士 and Yoshiya Seki 関義哉 will be the representatives.. to think.. I got it right in the commercial.. /cries..

YAY! We are in Tokyo 東京 now at a gas station!

All-Star - Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟

He's been here since Sasuke 1 waaaaaay back in 1997!

All-Star - Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟 training in a playground

He's actually a bit worried that they designated another title on him.. "Tokyo representative".. though he doesn't know EVERYONE got a title...

All he sees is that it's more pressure on him.. (awwww)

Wow that was quick.. we are now at All-Star - Toshihiro Takeda 竹田敏浩

Wow.. he runs weird.. dude is trying to swagger WHILE running.. LOL

And .. he wears a saggy tuque.. btw.. he's happy to represent Gifu 岐阜県 Prefecture.

.. they made him take off his shirt.. Naoya Tajima 田島直弥 (Sasuke 21-23) (Stage 3 competitor from Sasuke 24)

Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 - Gymnast - Stage 3 competitor from Sasuke 22 and Finalist in Sasuke 23 but better known to us as Mr. Sasuke in training...

Mr. Octopus (Tako Man) - Minoru Kuramochi 倉持稔

Ryo, Koji, Yuuji, Shingo and Tomohiro Kawaguchi 川口朋広 are all watching the testers run stage 1

Tester is going across the 4th obstacle is the Bridge Jump ブリッジジャンプ

and the 7th obstacle the Circle Slider サークルスライダー

Nagano: HOLY friggin' crap..
btw.. Kawaguchi, Lee, Nagano, Yuuji

... that made Nagano squeal.. yes.. no kidding LOL

Nagano is really really freaked out about the Circle Slider.. he's having flashbacks of his header in Sasuke 17.. LOL

I'm not kidding.. he's still freaking out.. while Yuuji is all "I GET IT I GET IT you are scared.."

Taiwan's Lee En Chi リー・エンチ

Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (sorry these are commercials that are playing constantly and THIS is by far the first time I even SEE Yuuji in one.. it's like TBS didn't even care he won...

Btw.. Kanno makes an appearance.. wait.. he's.. redhead? wtf.. it's like he bought Nagano crunchy orange hairdye by the gallon.. and he's also losing his hair.... anyway.. Koji and Kanno are all mesmerized by the 3rd obstacle the Jump Hang ジャンプハング.. oh that's right.. this was there BEFORE they were in Sasuke..

4th obstacle is the Bridge Jump ブリッジジャンプ

Nagano girly giggled that one while Kenji and Okuyama are deep in thought

Yuuji and Shingo are being interviewed

Yuuji says something .. er.. mundane probably..

Shingo: say what?

Nagano freaked out by the course.. doesn't take much actually..

This has been a Monster 9 Production

See you soon in Sasuke 25!