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Friday, August 30, 2013

Sasuke related updates

Nagano family photo!
 Proud mother Asami 阿紗 美 along with husband Sasuke Legend Makoto Nagano 長野誠 with their sons Kaiou 塊王 and Taiou 太皇 ©Makoto Nagano

Doh I haven't updated in a month!  Sorry about that!  I figured since there was really no official news after the end of Sasuke 29 I figured I can take a break.  I ranted enough about the 2nd Stage Backstream anyway so I'll give that a rest.  Either way as I posted before there's a new addition to the Nagano family!  This family photo was taken last month.

 Sasuke Legend Makoto Nagano 長野誠 with son Kaiou 塊王 practicing nunchucks ©Asami Nagano

I love this photo along with the corresponding video of Kaiou demonstrating his skills on it (btw for the record Kaiou just turned 4 years old). Also for the record, I grew up with these things (and still bear the scars.. LOL) because I grew up during the big Kungfu Boom of the late 1970's/early 1980's (difference was that mine were made of wood..).  Btw those nunchuku were made by Nagano himself one day when he got bored during some downtime on the boat.  Friggin' sweet skills if you ask me.

Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2), Matsuda Tsuyoshi 松田 剛 (Cliffer #1) and  2-Time Grand Champion Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (Cliffer #3) ©Ryo Matachi

I.. love this photo!  First off is the elusive Matsuda coming out of hiding!  (although he looks burnt LOL)  Just 3 (of the 5) UNCLI members hanging together out at the beach.  My dream is to get all 5 of them in ONE tournament.  Luckily we got Keita finally getting some experience on the main course (that wasn't Junior Sasuke).  So we can still hope! Either way it's nice to see their are still fast friends and still representin' as fellow UNCLI members after all of these years.

New Generation Star Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 and STQ'er Tomohiro Kawaguchi 川口朋広 ©Hitoshi Kanno

Next up are fellow STQ'ers hanging out also at the beach (which Kawaguchi being the one burnt!).  I mean.. what beaches around here have rock climbing?  We totally have to get with the program in the states.. LOL  Again, I love seeing fellow STQ'ers hanging out with each other outside of the tournaments.

Sasuke All-star Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟 with his dog Coconut ©Shingo Yamamoto

Another All-star who is ridiculously prolific on social media (this time Facebook) is Shingo.  This adorable dog is Coconut! (appropriately named) He carries that dog everywhere! (yes.. he even Paris Hilton's that dog in a bag when he goes golfing...)  For the record Shingo has always brought his dogs to Sasuke.  The previous white poodle he had for a number of years was his dog Sasuke.


Sasuke Veterans Yoshiyuki Okuyama 奥山義行 and Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 with STQ'er Shinya Kishimoto 岸本 真弥, New Generation Star Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 and Sasuke 17 Finalist Shunsuke Nagasaki 長崎峻侑 ©Hitoshi Kanno

The last friggin' sweet photo is from Sasuke 29.  So far no official word on who else is on the Japanese team joining Morimoto in the Sasuke ASEAN Open Cup in November.  Once we get more details I'll let you know. We also don't know the official airing of the Japan vs. USA special from ANW5.  No idea if NBC will carry than and no idea when TBS will air in Japan.  Plenty of rumors and whatnot but still too far out to know anything definite.  I'm hopeful for the next few months to hear more concrete news I can post.

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