The 23rd Annual Maguro Festival 第23回串木野まぐろフェスティバル will take place the end of this month in Kagoshima Prefecture on Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27, 2014 in the city of Ichiki-Kushikino. This of course happens during Golden Week in Japan (this year it is the weekend just prior to Golden week). This is a local Tuna event for the port city of Kushikino. It's pretty much a county fair including games for kids, music, food and other activities for the whole family. This will be my 6th year covering this event on my blog.
Close up of the Sasuke corner during Maguro Festival ©Makoto Nagano
The past few years the company Sasuke All-Star Makoto Nagano 長野誠 works for, Takasui Corp. has participated in the event (since they also use this fishing port) and they have Nagano design and build a Sasuke set where he could demonstrate his skills along with a few of his friends to the local crowd. More information can be found at the city website. No word on exactly which All-stars will accompany him in participating this year during the 2 day event. (Edit: Seems at least All-Star Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟 and All-Star Toshihiro Takeda 竹田敏浩 will be returning per Facebook comments)
On a personal note, I'll be doing my very first Sasuke panel at an anime convention called AnimeNext. The panel is named "Rambling Rican presents: Sasuke/Ninja Warrior impact in the USA Market". Since I'll be at an anime convention, I'm sure if I just put Sasuke most people people there will think it's a Naruto panel. LOL My goal is to cover the history of the event from it's inception in Sasuke 1 all the way to present using the lens of the foreign viewers. The anime convention is as the graphic says, at the Garden State Exhibit Center on June 6-8, 2014 in Somerset, New Jersey. I'm not entirely sure which day I will be getting (hopefully the Saturday) but I'll post any news on that as the date gets closer. Wish me luck!
As you know already, Sasuke 30 has been officially announced to be taking place and airing this summer. Japanese auditions will take place later this month in several cities across Japan. The application deadline for the auditions in Japan is April 10, 2014.