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Over the past couple weeks I have landed myself hospital a couple times with anaphylactic shock, seems my body decided the humble age of 26 was a good enough time as any to develop new shellfish allergies. Had a really scary couple weeks not knowing exactly what I was allergic to whilst waiting for the test results.
When I eventually returned to school after a couple days off in the hospital my favorite third year class decorated the black board with messages for Athough half the boys are terrors to teach they cute lil things at times, needless to say I was quite touched by the gesture.

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Kobe JET Scavenger Hunt 2014 (SCUNT)

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So once again its that magical time of year, in which us crazy Kobe kids decent upon the streets of Sannomiya for one epic night of chaos and enjoy. Saturday June 7th 2014 was the eveningof annual Kobe JET Scavenger hunt (abbreviated to SCUNT).

The basics of the the game are as follows:
Prior to the event ALT’s are asked to assemble teams of up to 8 with a theme of some description, as points are typically awarded for ‘best’ dressed’ crazy costumes are a must!

Teams assemble at ‘paiyama’ (the central meeting spot of Sannomiya) at 7PM, the night of the event and are given a list of clues to solve ‘the mystery’ which varies year by year depending upon the theme.

There are various other ALTs playing on the organizers team spread across the city who must be tracked down and interrogated. As one successfully interviews ‘suspects’ they receive more and more clues, meanwhile additional points can be scored for taking specific ‘crazy photos’ along the way.

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This is my third year participating in the event and I decided my team was to go all out with costumes this time. Being quite fond of the anime Shingeki no Kyojin 進撃の巨人 (literally ‘The Advancing Giants’ but the English title being Attack on Titan), I decided to form a group to cosplay as the Survey Corps from the show. As a little play on words I named our team Shingeki no Kobe 進撃の神戸 (Advance on Kobe) however a friend later told me a much more fitting title I should have named it Shingeki no Gaijin 進撃の外人 (The Advancing Foreigners), but shouganai!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, it is immensely popular in Japan and now around the world. The anime takes place in a world where humanity was nearly wiped out by a race of mindless humanoid giants who eat people. These giants are the Titans. Approximately one hundred years after the sudden appearance of the Titans humanity has retreated behind a series of three concentric circular walls. One day tragedy strikes when an especially large and intelligent Titan appears and destroys the outermost gate. After losing everything the protagonist Eren and his friends join the army, planning to seek revenge through the Scout Regiment. In a nutshell……

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This year the organizing of the event was handed over to two of my most amazing friends Andrew and Elizabeth who inherited it the lovely Jojo, a JET who left us last year. Under the pseudonyms of Agent Tek and Agent Cougarwho delivered to us a James Bond themed SCUNT for 2014.

This years teams:

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My very own, Shingeki no Kobe

And yes believe it or not that is I as the Titan, our Survey Corps comprised of Paul, Peter, Ryan, Sandy, Matt and Octavio.

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Shambolic Sextet

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JETolution

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S and M

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Sandys Betrayal

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Guild of Tea & Cookies

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Skittles

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Kobe Banditos – formerly known as the Cumslingers (silent r)

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Captal Vice

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District Yarimashou

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Cartoon JETwork

Please enjoy some of our stupid photos from the evening.
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 -SPOILER ALERT-

Make sure to watch the video before you read on 😉

Oh and just quietly, guess who’s taking over SCUNT next year in 2015………

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Want more? The 2013 post SCUNT wrap up can be found HERE and the 2012 one HERE.

Umeshu 梅酒 Workshop 2014

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Last weekend’s I ran my annual umeshu 梅酒 workshop and decided to spice things up this year (literally).

Of my 3 batches only the center one is umeshu, this year I added 700ml of spiced rum, vanilla beans, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn and all spice.

The other 2 flanking are vanilla mango/blueberryshu and ninnikushu にんにく酒 (garlic liquor).

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I’m coming home!

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Once again I’ll be headed back to Australia to spend the Christmas holidays with my family!
Currently sitting at the terminal in Hong Kong waiting for a connecting flight with a trusted rilakuma at my side.

To all my readers I bid you a Merry Christmas and happy new year from nihonomnom.

-Dan