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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Indiegogo Campaign is live!

Updated January 11, 2015 - Added Yuusuke Morimoto perk!
Updated January 16, 2015 - Added Shinya Kishimoto and Tomohiro Kawaguchi perks! Also adding link to the most recent update + Q&A.
Updated January 23, 2015 - Added Sasuke merchandise perks.

YouTube Link for Indiegogo Campaign

IT'S HERE! Finally!  The Link is live to the huge fundraising project that I was discussing before.  I'm using Indiegogo to "Help get Rambling Rican to Japan!".  I've written about this before, but this is a crowd fund campaign to get Rambling Rican to Japan for Sasuke 31 this summer!

This video gave me fits.  I shot 2 completely different ones then reshot the last video twice!  OI!  Then I had to iron out all the financial planning stuff this week.  Sorry for the delay in getting the campaign up. I had some issues setting up the online banking due to my own idiodcy.. remember folks.. your federal tax id number is not the same as your state tax id number.. LOL   Crossing fingers and wish me luck!
Yuusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介 during ANW's USA vs. World

 Updated perks section of the Indigogo:
  • I was able to secure future cooperation from Veteran Sasuke competitor Yuusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介.  Those in the USA will remember him as Team Japan's ace who was the first person ever to clear American Ninja Warrior's 3rd Stage in competition in Las Vegas, Nevada.  For the Japanese, he is a veteran of 7 Sasuke tournaments and was the last man standing in Sasuke 29. Thanks to that feat he led Japan to a Silver Medal at the Sasuke ASEAN Open Cup in Malaysia  and wore the coveted #3000 in the Anniversary show Sasuke 30!  He is willing to sign photos for contributors in conjunction with this fundraiser!
Tomohiro Kawaguchi 川口 朋広 in Sasuke Park 2014 ©Sasuke Park at Toyosu
  • Veteran Sasuke competitor Tomohiro Kawaguchi 川口 朋広 is a veteran of 6 Sasuke tournaments and was a Finalist in the most recent tournament Sasuke 30! My blog has covered his career in it's entirety and has been kind to let me interview him for hours for the blog.  He is willing to sign photos or anything we can come up with for contributors in conjunction with this fundraiser!
Shinya Kishimoto 岸本 真弥 on his course in Shizuoka ©Shinya Kishimoto
  • Veteran Sasuke competitor Shinya Kishimoto 岸 本 真弥 who is best known as the competitor who bends frying pans had a break-out season in Sasuke 30 when he made it all the way to the Third Stage!  He is willing to sign photos and anything we can come up with for contributors in conjunction with this fundraiser!  As a tribute to what we know him by, I'm adding the perk of him signing a Japanese frying pan!
I'm starting out with postcard size photos that I intend to take to Japan to have him sign in person! If more interest comes from this I will add larger sizes or different items. Please note that all other merchandise will have to be bought by me when I arrive so they would be completely subject to availability. I figured photos are easier and I can have them ready and take them with me to Japan ready to be signed. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact me. I'm in the works to add more competitors. I'll post any who are able to participate as soon as I have permission.

There has been interest in official Sasuke merchandise that is extremely difficult to get outside of Japan.  I added 2 different perks.  One perk is for the Tee-shirts and one perk is for the Towels. Only during the taping of Sasuke do these things become available.  As sampled above, TBS prints limited edition Sasuke tournament shirts with the date and year on them.  For a $100 donation I can buy a Shirt or a Towel for you. Please remember that I have to buy them at full price and are subject to availability during the taping of the tournament.  This is why I'm limiting the amount I would buy at Sasuke.  Don't forget to add the shipping costs (domestic or international)

If there is any interest in importing the 2014 versions (that are only made available through online sale ONLY within Japan), I can arrange a $100 perk just for that. I can arrange with friends for them to be ordered within Japan.  Please send me a message if you are interested.
Sasuke Director Masato Inui receives his Calendar! ©Masato Inui

Finally, thanks for those who have been buying the Calendar and sending me photos!  I included 5 calendars I bought myself to the perks list in the campaign.  Working on getting 2 additional ones actually signed by at least one of the competitors (Jin is working on that for me. LOL  Thanks Jin!) and will add that in the perks later one when I confirmed who did it.  I know some people have been having issues with ordering these outside of the USA, maybe this is an opportunity to do both?  We'll see how it goes.  Thanks for the support for those who bought them!  I get a kick out of people letting me know they bought it and the Japanese are fascinated by something they've never seen before! LOL 


ad uk said...

Glad you've started seems to be going well I was surprised that you only gave yourself 40 days. Really hope you make it can't think of anyone more deserving to go.

Arsenette said...

Thanks. Any longer though and people don't feel the urgency. Any shorter and I'm pretty much screwed. It's a huge risk I know, but I have no other choice. :(