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Fukushima Supermarket Sells Earthquake-Damaged Beers as “Heroes” One such business was the Happy Food RE Fanz supermarket in Date City, Fukushima, where the quake registered as a Magnitude 6. A part of their ceiling collapsed and several items were shaken off their shelves, including cans of beer and various alcopops which were dented as a result. Even without natural disasters, dented cans are a regular occurrence and normally get placed in a special “damaged goods” discount bin. However, the clerk in charge of the liquor section at this supermarket, Yohei Sato, felt they deserved better after all they’ve been through. In the center of the section stood each banged-up can proudly with the following sign: “These are the heroes who bravely stood up to the earthquake. I don’t want them to be treated like fallen and damaged products that sell at a discount. They look different but they have delicious alcohol on the inside. Please take them with you and let them live out their lives as delicious alcohol.” Underneath the sign is a drawing of a wounded can shouting; “We will not be beaten by the earthquake!!” These drinks were all being sold at their regular price in honor of their survival, and despite this, they’ve been selling well. One woman in her 80s who was interviewed while buying a heroic beer told NHK, “The stuff inside is the same, and once you drink it you throw away the can anyway, so I think this is a good idea.” Sato was also quoted as saying, “The alcohol is more like my children than products. It makes me happy to see people put the dented cans in their baskets, knowing that they will go out and be enjoyed.”

313 views · Feb 20th

Real-life Rurouni Kenshin reverse-blade katana now on display in Tokyo Swordsmith who’s certified cultural asset of Japan forges anime ronin’s iconic weapon. Part of what makes the Rurouni Kenshin manga/anime franchise so popular is how it blends real-world history from Japan’s Meiji period with exciting dramatic fiction. Representing the latter half of that combo are protagonist Himura Kenshin and his reverse-bladed sword, the sakabato. But while Kenshin remains a purely made-up swordsman, his sword has graduated to real-life status, and is now on display in Tokyo. The sword is being shown as part of the Rurouni Kenshin 25th Anniversary Exhibition, which opened last week at Gallery AaMo, itself located in the Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex in downtown Tokyo. As part of the event’s health safety procedures, tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific date and time, with overall attendance capped to prevent overcrowding. Guests must also have their temperature checked before entering, apply hand sanitizer, and wear a mask. “Shinuchi” means “Truly Forged,” since up until now, this type of sword existed only within the pages/episodes of Rurouni Kenshin. But Kanekuni Ogawa, a swordsmith and officially certified important non-tangible cultural artifact of Japan, put his amazing talents to work on creating the blade. Ordinarily, it’s kept at a museum in the town of Inuyama, in Aichi Prefecture, but as part of the Rurouni Kenshin 25th Anniversary Exhibition it’s made the trip to Tokyo so that fans of the series, or swords in general, can see it for themselves. The clear case and stands made it look like the sword was floating in air, adding to its already commanding presence. Between its bright shine and the hamon, the undulating patterns formed on the flat of the blade during the tempering process, the metal almost had a liquid quality to its appearance. Like all fine works of katana art, the Sakabato Shinuchi is displayed with its hilt unwrapped. Along with the date of forging, it bears the death poem of Arai Shakku, the Rurouni Kenshin swordsmith character who created it within the narrative of the series. The Sakabato Shinuchi will be on display in Tokyo until March 7, after which the event moves to Kyoto.

298 views · Feb 16th

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Fukushima Supermarket Sells Earthquake-Damaged Beers as “Heroes” One such business was the Happy Food RE Fanz supermarket in Date City, Fukushima, where the quake registered as a Magnitude 6. A part of their ceiling collapsed and several items were shaken off their shelves, including cans of beer and various alcopops which were dented as a result. Even without natural disasters, dented cans are a regular occurrence and normally get placed in a special “damaged goods” discount bin. However, the clerk in charge of the liquor section at this supermarket, Yohei Sato, felt they deserved better after all they’ve been through. In the center of the section stood each banged-up can proudly with the following sign: “These are the heroes who bravely stood up to the earthquake. I don’t want them to be treated like fallen and damaged products that sell at a discount. They look different but they have delicious alcohol on the inside. Please take them with you and let them live out their lives as delicious alcohol.” Underneath the sign is a drawing of a wounded can shouting; “We will not be beaten by the earthquake!!” These drinks were all being sold at their regular price in honor of their survival, and despite this, they’ve been selling well. One woman in her 80s who was interviewed while buying a heroic beer told NHK, “The stuff inside is the same, and once you drink it you throw away the can anyway, so I think this is a good idea.” Sato was also quoted as saying, “The alcohol is more like my children than products. It makes me happy to see people put the dented cans in their baskets, knowing that they will go out and be enjoyed.”

313 views · Feb 20th

Real-life Rurouni Kenshin reverse-blade katana now on display in Tokyo Swordsmith who’s certified cultural asset of Japan forges anime ronin’s iconic weapon. Part of what makes the Rurouni Kenshin manga/anime franchise so popular is how it blends real-world history from Japan’s Meiji period with exciting dramatic fiction. Representing the latter half of that combo are protagonist Himura Kenshin and his reverse-bladed sword, the sakabato. But while Kenshin remains a purely made-up swordsman, his sword has graduated to real-life status, and is now on display in Tokyo. The sword is being shown as part of the Rurouni Kenshin 25th Anniversary Exhibition, which opened last week at Gallery AaMo, itself located in the Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex in downtown Tokyo. As part of the event’s health safety procedures, tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific date and time, with overall attendance capped to prevent overcrowding. Guests must also have their temperature checked before entering, apply hand sanitizer, and wear a mask. “Shinuchi” means “Truly Forged,” since up until now, this type of sword existed only within the pages/episodes of Rurouni Kenshin. But Kanekuni Ogawa, a swordsmith and officially certified important non-tangible cultural artifact of Japan, put his amazing talents to work on creating the blade. Ordinarily, it’s kept at a museum in the town of Inuyama, in Aichi Prefecture, but as part of the Rurouni Kenshin 25th Anniversary Exhibition it’s made the trip to Tokyo so that fans of the series, or swords in general, can see it for themselves. The clear case and stands made it look like the sword was floating in air, adding to its already commanding presence. Between its bright shine and the hamon, the undulating patterns formed on the flat of the blade during the tempering process, the metal almost had a liquid quality to its appearance. Like all fine works of katana art, the Sakabato Shinuchi is displayed with its hilt unwrapped. Along with the date of forging, it bears the death poem of Arai Shakku, the Rurouni Kenshin swordsmith character who created it within the narrative of the series. The Sakabato Shinuchi will be on display in Tokyo until March 7, after which the event moves to Kyoto.

298 views · Feb 16th