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Hello Sandwich Tokyo Tour

Hello Sandwiches!

The Hello Sandwich Tokyo Tour is finally back after the #YOAO ankle break.

It’s a tour for those who vibe with the Hello Sandwich style and who crave the insiders tips to Tokyo. With so much to see in this city, and with many of the best places being hidden and off the beaten track, it would be my pleasure to show you the Tokyo secrets that I’ve discovered over the past 10 years of calling this amazing city home.

Wander down the backstreets without having to battle with google maps, zip around to all the Hello Sandwich hotspots without having to check addresses or opening hours. Have lunch at super cute izakaya without having to worry about attempting to decipher the menu. Pop into the best shops to pick up some souvenirs and stop for some cute shots as I wiz you around my favourite spots.

As I personally guide you around the city, I’ll point out some of my favourite bars and things like late night ramen haunts so you have some extra local intel up your sleeve for later on. Keen on finding out where you can do karaoke for just 10yen? I’ll let you in on the secret! And when the tour ends, if you would like me to recommend a local restaurant and make a reservation for you, consider it done. It’s all part of the service. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For details just send me a little email and then leave the rest with me!

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Secrets of a Japanese Ninja Warrior

If there was one group of warriors that produced more myth and exaggeration and shrouded in so much mystery, it would be the ninja. The word ninja๏ผˆๅฟ่€…, or its alternative name shinobi, appears throughout historical accounts in the context of secret intelligence gathering or stealthy assassinations carried out by martial-arts experts. Many opportune deaths may be a result of clandestine activities by ninjas but because they work in so much secrecy it is impossible to prove them. The ways of the ninja are an unavoidable part of samurai warfare, and no samurai can ignore the utility and fear that they represented. However, ninjas were despised because of how they contradicted the samurai code due to their use of secretive and underhanded methods.

In the mid 15th century onward, certain samurai families began to develop particular skills in intelligence gathering during feudal warfare. These were the ninja families. Like so many martial arts traditions in Japan, their skills were passed down from father to son or more usually from sensei (master) to chosen pupil, who may not always have been a relative.

The most celebrated โ€œprofessionalโ€ ninjas were leaders of the provinces in Iga and Koga. They were minor landowners who, just like any daimyo of any size, emphasized the value of family and loyalty.

Ninja Training

Ninja Training (Photo Credit: Ninja by Stephen Turnbull)

1 โ€“ Learning to balance exceptionally well
2 โ€“ Breathing underwater using a bamboo tube. This technique will come in handy when hiding underwater for hours
3 โ€“ Practicing how to handle a sword
4 โ€“ Training to aim shuriken accurately
5 โ€“ Survival skills in the mountains
6 โ€“ A Shonin (ninja leader) evaluates the trainee before he is sent to his first mission
7 & 8 โ€“ Acrobatic skills that allow them the ability to โ€œflyโ€
9 โ€“ Human pyramid technique
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ERASED: Life Gives Second Chances

Erased, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

When we watch anime, common tropes are almost always used. The slice of life genre especially contains the same high school setting with the average protagonist. Of course, they’re not carbon copies; they mix in new elements to change things up, but the formula is the same. Yet we don’t ever get to see different settings, new experiences, and changes. Taking a chance at a new story is risky, but this kind of alternative experience is much needed. This is where anime such as Boku dake ga Inai Machi or ERASED, come into play.

ERASED tells a story about a unique individual and the mystery surrounds the world around him. The main character is Satoru Fujinuma. He’s somewhat of the average protagonist, but he’s older at the ripe age of 29. His life isn’t exactly going as planned, as he struggles to hit it big as a manga artist. The only benefit he has is that he has the ability to repeat certain events, going back in time to stop catastrophes.
From the beginning I thought that the series would revolve completely around his powers, featuring everyday situations and being a small-time superhero. This expectation was completely blown out the water when he gets sent back in time, to solve a murder mystery that happened during his grade school days.
It starts with the murder of his mother, with him being framed as the culprit. Becoming a fugitive and then forced back to the past, he then has to relive this point of his life with an adult mindset and a newfound drive to stop the murders.
ERASED, boku dake ga inai machi
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Somali to Mori no Kamisama Episode 7 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

On this episode, Somali and Golem completes their desert crossing with Uzoi and Haitora. Later, they visit the witch village for human information.

I enjoyed the final moments between the two duos. Somali and Uzoi definitely has a sister relationship. Also, the witch village seems to be a really interesting place. Other than that, it’s still nice to see Golem develop more of his emotions. Now what’s going to happen next? I’ll be definitely looking forward to it. Overall, heart warming depart between the two duos and interesting witch village destination. …continue reading


Arknights Save Us From Us Ourselves Official Soundtrack

Source: Supaku Blog

Today, Arknights announced an official soundtrack song called Save Us From Us Ourselves (feat. Micah Martin). The song is produced by an artist named Dim Mak. Here’s the song video.

Currently, the official soundtrack song is only announced by Arknights EN and Arknights KR on Twitter. Arknights JP has not announced the song.

It’s a great honor to work with Steve Aoki’s record label @dimmak to launch this musical project for Arknights. The first theme song is produced by Dim Mak artist, @itsbeargrillz, Save Us From Ourselves (feat. Micah Martin) [Arknights Soundtrack]. Enjoy!#Arknights #Yostar

โ€” Arknights_EN (@ArknightsEN) February 19, 2020

์Šคํ‹ฐ๋ธŒ ์•„์˜คํ‚ค(Steve Aoki) ๋‹˜์˜ ๋ ˆ์ด๋ธ”, ๋”ค ๋ง‰(@dimmak)๊ณผ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ์ž‘์—…ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์–ด ๋งค์šฐ ์˜๊ด‘์Šค๋Ÿฝ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์•„ํ‹ฐ์ŠคํŠธ ๋ฒ ์–ด ๊ทธ๋ฆด์ฆˆ(@itsbeargrillz)๋‹˜์ด ๋ช…์ผ๋ฐฉ์ฃผ๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ํ”„๋กœ๋“€์Šคํ•œ ํ…Œ๋งˆ๊ณก, Save Us From Ourselves (feat. ๋ฏธ์นด ๋งˆํ‹ด Micah Martin)๋ฅผ ์†Œ๊ฐœํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. [#๋ช…์ผ๋ฐฉ์ฃผ ์‚ฌ์šด๋“œํŠธ๋ž™]

โ€” ๋ช…์ผ๋ฐฉ์ฃผ (@ArknightsKorea) February 19, 2020

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