Belated Japan trip report X-Mania 2015 [part 1]: the ST house

Two years ago a group of ST enthusiasts started talking about making a group trip to Japan. First as a joke and then more and more seriously. After a few months we finally managed to find enough time and money to make it. All I can say is that I feel lucky I was part of it and now it’s the time to share the details of the trip with the community the best we can.

The ST apartment, as we called it, hosted 7 of us. Damdai, eltrouble, Millertime, Isimorn, Hanasu and me (yogaboy).

This is one of the gifts we gave to each other and to Japanese players. They gave us plenty of gifts and we gave plenty to them. But more on that later.


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Topanga SF2 25th Anniversary

National Convention 2016 is the way they named the tournament that took place this week. Since it’s also the 25th Anniversary of World Warrior they included an SF2 tournament with players from SF4 like Momochi, Itabashi and Bonchan also including 2 of the 5 fighting gods, Tokido and Haitani.

Three ST players were also invited, Yaya, Komoda and Gian. The commentator was Yoshio (aka the Japanese James Chen). They used a PS3 port of the game. Single elimination, single game (!)

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Shiki Boxer in Daytona Shiki 2on2

Daytona Shiki is an arcade in Tokyo that was reopened last September thanks to the donations and community efforts to resurrect it.

Shiki Boxer, a player with the same name as the Tokyo area and the arcade, is the best boxer in ST along with Tsuji and Tamashima. The three of them are semi-retired but Shiki came back last week for a 2on2 tournament teaming up with the Dhalsim master Hakase.


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Japanese New Year’s Eve Event 2015

As the tradition goes, there is an ST event in Tokyo every year on December 31. This year it took place in the Gamespot Versus arcade for the first time (it used to be at Mikado).

The special part of this tournament is the Shogatsu Honda Kumite. Shogatsu is his nickname which in Japanese means New Year which in turn is his birthday.

36 opponents as of minute 36:40. Video and annotations (in the description) courtesy of @Xgamerz

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Neyagawa ABC – 11.08.15

More Japanese videos this time from the monthly tournament in Osaka at Neyagawa ABC, courtesy of Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Three videos for the ranking battle and two for the East vs West team battle.

Ranking battle: Danjiri (Dhalsim), JK (Hawk), Tsuji (Boxer), Futachan (Ryu), MAO (Claw), Matsuken (Ken), Hazi (DJ), Fujimon (DJ), Batayan (Guile), Kusumondo (Honda), Gunze (Zangief), Aniken (Ken), Shogatsu (O.Honda), Murasaki (Dictator), KKY (Dhalsim), Otochun (Chun)


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