On the evening of June 1st 2013, dozens of costumed, slightly inebriated Kobe JETs descended upon Sannomiya for another year of mayhem!
For this was the night of the annual Kobe JET Scavenger Hunt (The SCUNT)!
For those have been with me for the long haul the 2012 SCUNT was one of the first things I did when I arrived in Japan a year back, if you wanna take a peak I blogged about last years https://nihonomnom.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/kobe-2012-scavenger-hunt-scunt/
The basics of the the game are as follows.
Prior to the event ALTs can put together teams of up to 8 people with a theme of some description, as points are awarded for ‘best’ dressed’ crazy costumes are a must.
Teams assemble at ‘tits park’ at 7PM of the night of the event and are given a list of clues to solve ‘the mystery’ by interviewing ALTs playing on the ‘home team’. As one successfully interviews ‘suspects’ they receive more and more clues, meanwhile additional points can be scored for taking specific ‘crazy photos’.
Anyhow this years events theme was ‘Digital Kobe’. The following letter was the letter we received prior to its commencement.
First, on behalf of Aztechnology, I would like to thank you for volunteering for this peculiar mission. As you may or may not know, we function as the technological intelligence and advancement sector under the US Air Force. We create anything and everything from programs to Nano technology.
Recently, we’ve had a disturbance in our Master Server; –programs have started to malfunction or disappear. Then about 2 days ago a virus appeared in the system. It started rapidly corrupting files. We aren’t sure who’s behind it but whoever it is hides their tracks very well.Our biggest concern is our multi-billion dollar AI program N.A.V.I (Neural Artificial Visual Interface). For some strange reason she’s appearing and disappearing from the system as if she’s hiding. When we can access her she functions fine. So we are sending you and your teams into the server. Projecting human forms into the digital world is still a little new to us. However, we’re sure you’ll be fine.
You have 3 missions:
1.) Find out who’s behind this. Programs ALWAYS leave a bit of their coding somewhere; search for them. Also some of our programs are still functional but not accessible from here. Find those programs and get whatever information you could get from them before they are corrupted or officially off-line.
2.) Find NAVI, each group that finds her and take a “Screen Cap” saves part of her data.
3.) Find the virus dubbed “the Black Plague. We don’t expect you to terminate him but by taking a screen cap you will isolate him in an area for about 10 minutes.
I’ve created a anti-virus who will be your point of contact in the digital world. Her name is H.A.V.O.K (Hatter’s Anti-Viral Optimal Killer – Yes! We like acronyms !) Sadly, she was created in a rush and full of bugs. A patch was created for her so she won’t mistake you for viruses.
I’ve already created a direct link to your team captains. I’ll try to keep you informed about what’s happening out here.
Safe journey and good luck
So basically this years ‘interviewees’ were actually all computer programs. Each had a unique interface and teams had to use the proper technical commands to effectively extract information regarding ‘The Black Plague’.
The ever amazing organizer JoJo
Alas with the following information at hand we set upon our task, meanwhile Chief Technician J. Hatter frequently sent updates via a Captains thread regarding the status of the viruses infection and whereabout!
Now on to my team!!!
This year I wanted to put my own crew together and so I set about rounding up the creative types from Gakuentoshi uniting us under the banner of the greatest cartoon ever made!
What time is it? Adventure Time!!
(Really Richie and I just wanted to be Finn and Jake as we find their characters very ‘relatable’)
Meet the crew!
Finn and Fiona
BMO and Lumpy Space Princess
Princess Bubblegum and The Ice King
Jake the Dog
And last but not least Marshal Lee
For those of you who don’t know what Adventure Time is…… for shame!
It is an amazing cartoon that resinates with demographic decades above its target market, allowing 20/30 somethings a nostalgic adventure into their childhood imaginations and so has gained has a colossal fan base (myself included)!
Here is the video of this years event with the results. Our team came in 3rd place however we would have got the most points for photo objectives ^^
We also won best video for our hilarious Harlem Shake!!! (Feat. Drunk Salary men)
And now onto the photos!!
Being naughty on the train on the way there.
Hugging a stranger.
Under an umbrella
Eating an onigiri
In a guillotine
Man on a scaffold
Chugging a can if drink in front of a combini
Power Ranger posing
Face covered in paper
On a pachinko machine
On one team mate
In the air
2 girls one pockey
In a locker
Does this make me any less of a man
It’s a new fashionable hat
Between to pillars
This is why we can’t have nice things
Call me maybe
In an elevator
The iron throne
You call that dancing, this is dancing
A boy peeing
This is going to hurt
I am superman
Kissing a rival team
Nanpa-IMF an ojiichan
Inappropriate use of nameko
Dancing with a stranger
Kibasen with strangers
Of course there were another 8 teams we were racing against, check out some of their awesome costumes.
ALT: Arkham League of Terror
Hula hula nuku nuku apua’a
And of course a special mention to the ‘the Black Plague’ Jarryd!!
Catch ya next year kids……