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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Rambling Rican in Japan 2016 - (Part 7) - Sasuke 32 (Day 2 - Stage 1)

I forgot to post this earlier!
Published on Dec 22, 2016

This is a vlog series chronicling my second trip to Japan to see Sasuke (Ninja Warrior)!  This trip took place May 25, 2016 - June 1, 2016 where I traveled to see Sasuke 32 live on set at Midoriyama Studios!

Part 7 - Sasuke 32 (Day 2 - Stage 1)
This is a personal blog about my own experience with Sasuke 32.  They are my own viewpoints and not representative of the tournament as a whole.

Midoriyama Studio City:

Link to Part 1 of series:
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Thank you so much to the IndieGogo backers for making this trip possible again! ♥

I do read your comments! I just can't comment in the comments section since I don't use Google+ on this YT Channel. I'll comment to them in later videos!

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Friday, December 9, 2016

2017 Rambling Rican Calendar is for sale!

Edit: Added $10 referral code! ♥
On your first order just type in Referral Code: E9VWYS for $10 off your first purchase (one coupon per account)!  The way it works is that you put in your profile "Where you referred" and that is where you place your referral code. It's a bit convoluted but you will end up getting a $10 credit on your account when the option becomes available.
Edit:  I added a desk calendar option!  Scroll to the end to see it.

2017 Rambling Rican Calendar Cover ©Rambling Rican
Yay! A few of you have been asking me if I'm doing the Calendar again this year.  I posted a small video update on it a couple months back explaining the delay however, back by popular demand the latest calendar is now up on the website!  Thanks for the support these past couple of years. I did one for 2015 and 2016. Unlike the previous years, I'm not fundraising for a return trip to Japan. I'm instead raising money for the completion of the book I've been working on.  The publishing part is not that expensive, but hiring an professional editor is. Each time I've fundraised, I've broken even so I don't a reserve for covering the costs of publishing the book. I've mentioned before the process of writing the book has been daunting.  To be fair, I didn't think it would be easy but I never realized how many times I would have to change the scope of it. I am excited however that so many competitors are interested in sharing their stories for the book.  I'll do a video update at some point explaining the process and where I am on it for those who have been asking me about it. I'm also very excited so many people are looking forward to it! Words cannot adequately explain how thankful I am of your support. Seriously. Thank you! ♥

 January, 2017 snapshot ©Rambling Rican

Just like last year, I overhauled how I did the calendar.  The majority of the photos I took myself during my trip to Japan this year.  The rest come from events and get-togethers that took place in Gunma, Saitama and Tokyo Prefectures. Also just like the past couple of years, the Sedai  PTA event that the city runs and an addition this year some photos from Taiwan!  As usual thanks to Philip (from SMF) for designing my logo! I'm so thankful for my friends who donated their photos; Kung-Cheen Howng 洪 恭芹 (aka "Jin), Tatsuya Tada 多田竜也, Grand Champion Yuusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介, Man Liao 廖龍隼 from Taiwan and Dr. Cathi Jones.  I also added more birthdays of those who have competed in Sasuke this year to add to the normal array of Sasuke regulars (like the All-stars/Shin Sedai) to fill out the months
July, 2017 snapshot ©Rambling Rican
Full disclosure on the "fundraising part" of the Calendar Project.  I'm getting about $5-7 US dollars per calendar created. All of the prices are up on their website along with a description as to how this works.  I'm very happy with the quality of the calendars and have used this website for 3 years running!  These calendars are really good quality and sturdy! The calendars are only printed when someone orders them as opposed to other companies that require for a certain amount to be ordered up front.  While they also had an option to do a fulfillment drive (like they do in local schools with the sign up sheet) I chose the other route available since the amount most people would get would be much smaller.  The company will be doing the fulfillment so I don't have to be the middle person.  I won't know who orders what from as the website since they take care of that privately between the buyer and them.  So far I've had zero issues other than creative issues on my own.  I appreciated they had no set up fees (some websites can cost 100-200 bucks just to set up) and again, my experience from the past two years was quite positive.
All Months snapshot ©Rambling Rican

I also noticed that they added a lot of other things like like photo books, cards, and even T'shirts, etc.) if people are interested in buying some sort of merchandise that will help me as well. It doesn't cost me anything to set it up and it would help me tremendously if you buy stuff from the store.  So if you want to contribute to the kitty and get the 2017 (it comes in 2 sizes apparently although I formatted it for the smaller one) you can buy it directly on CreatePhotoCalendar's website!

December, 2017 snapshot (Desk Calendar version) ©Rambling Rican

Edit: By request I created a Desk Calendar version.  I formatted it as close to the original calendar as possible.  It's now the 3rd version of the calendar. Now there's Desk Calendar and 2 sizes of the original wall calendar. If you are interested in other versions just let me know as it doesn't take any money to design them and put them on the website!

The website accepts Visa, Master Card, Checks, Money Orders, and even PayPal.

Shipping Zones

Website list with shipping, locations, pricing, etc.

Zone 1
United States

Zone 2

Puerto Rico
US Virgin Islands

Zone 3
United Kingdom
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Zone 4
New Zealand
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
If you are interested in getting a calendar and it is NOT on the list that the company sells to, I am willing to mail out orders. I'd like to limit that as much as possible though as it gets complicated and expensive. All shipping costs would be paid by the person who is ordering them.  However, considering that if your area is not on the list, that means that your shipping could be quite high.  As always I am eternally grateful for your continued support throughout the years. Please spread the word and hopefully I can sell more calendars this year!  The website has share options to all major social media. Please use them and spread the word!  If anyone is interested, I can create more products to put up on the store. It doesn't cost me anything but time to redesign things. If you are willing to buy it then I'm willing  to diversify the portfolio. ♥