Posts tagged with "Samurai"

Photo via Benny Kline of Tenacious Toys for use by 360 Magazine

TENACIOUS TOYS × PLAYFUL GORILLA

Tenacious Toys is GOING APE this week! Their next shop exclusive is a Playful Gorilla black and green colorway of the awesome Master9Eyes figure by Daytoner and PureArts!

After collaborating for nearly a decade, this is the first official vinyl toy exclusive that Playful Gorilla (Alex) has created for Tenacious Toys. There will be more!

The Master9Eyes figure is a 5.5″ tall, 7″ wide vinyl figure in scale with other 1/12-scale action figures. Designed by Daytoner and produced by PureArts, the M9E features six (!!) swords that can fit into its backpack as well as in the hands, plus a handy base that plugs into the foot.

The Tenacious Exclusive R177A colorway by Playful Gorilla further fleshes out his overarching storyline of the characters that inhabit his world:

The Tactical Urban Fighting Force (T.U.F.F.) has been compromised. A new dark faction has taken control. Those few that rebel against the new regime are being taken out one by one. The last of the rebellion needs your help. Agent P.Rilla is about to take his last stand – to stand up for what’s right. He won’t quit even tho the odds are against him. The battle cry can be heard for miles…Don the colors! Fight for what’s right and LEAD!! Who will come to his aid… who amongst us can fight the war that’s coming. Master 9 Eyes has heard the call… Master 9 Eyes has donned the colors… M9E-R177A is on his way!!

The M9E R177A edition is limited to just 160 units at $105 each. They will drop on the Tenacious Toys PureArts page (and homepage) at noon sharp on Friday July 16th.

Stay tuned to the @TenaciousToys IG this week for a live unboxing video!

About Playful Gorilla:

Alex Rivera aka Playful Gorilla is a multitalented 2D and 3D artist based out of Philadelphia. His signature black and green livery can be found on toys, pins, shirts, prints, and many other pieces of swag. He has designed toys for companies large and small and is a trusted friend of the Tenacious Toys shop and crew.

About Master9eyes:

This original character design of a futuristic, chunky samurai is the perfect blend of both a badass character with perfectly designed shapes. His overall look is completed by his puffed jacket and stylish katana backpack. His opponents usually underestimated him due to his chunky appearance… but he always had a better stance. There are rumors about the ninth eye. Some say it’s his MK II combat sensor others say it’s instinct.

About Tenacious Toys:

Tenacious Toys has been buying, selling & producing art toys in vinyl, resin, PVC and plush since 2004. The primary mission of Tenacious is to lift up and empower new creators by offering them a retail platform to showcase, promote and sell their artwork in the 3D collectibles space. Tenacious Toys accepts many different forms of payment, including cryptocurrencies!

Cherry Blossom illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Cherry Blossoms Celebrated

FROM HUMAN CHESS TO PADDLEBOARDING:
UNIQUE WAYS CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT JAPAN

With the much-anticipated arrival of their delicate pink flowers, the cherry trees blossoming in Japan is a yearly spectacle. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, cherry blossoms in Tokyo are expected to bloom on March 15th this year. Associated with renewal and the coming spring, the cherry blossoms (or sakura) spur a variety of unique celebrations and experiences throughout the country, with many cities and towns forming their own yearly traditions and unique ways to see the cherry blossoms.

Cruise the Matsukawa River, Toyama Prefecture

Travelers can enjoy hanami (the custom of flower viewing in Japan) as well as the beautiful landscapes of Toyama Prefecture on a special cruise along the Matsukawa River. During cherry blossom season, cruises on the river drift along with the relaxing current and make their way through tunnels of cherry blossom trees. Cruises begin and end outside of the Matsukawa Tea House, so travelers can enjoy a nice cup of tea after a peaceful afternoon of hanami.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride Through Kitakami Tenshochi Park, Iwate Prefecture

A massive park spanning over 700 acres, the Kitakami Tenshochi Park has been a favorite for hanami among both locals and travelers for decades. 2021 is the 100th anniversary of the park’s opening and there is a myriad of ways for travelers to see the cherry blossoms, such as taking a riverboat cruise, or taking a ride on a horse-drawn carriage underneath the “tunnel of pink.” Cherry blossom branches stretch out from the trees on both sides of the walkway and form a floral tunnel that travelers can traverse

Human Chess Match at Tendo Sakura Matsuri, Yamagata Prefecture

Ninety percent of Japanese chess pieces, or shogi, are produced in the city of Tendo. Every April, as over 2,000 cherry blossoms bloom, locals and travelers gather to watch a human chess match, or shogi battle, in Maizuru Park, where two professional chess players compete with humans dressed as samurai and servants in place of chess pieces. The festival also features taiko (Japanese drum) performances and delicious festival food like yakisoba noodles and takoyaki balls.

Stand-up Paddleboarding in Shiga Prefecture

In Kyoto, travelers who want to partake in hanami can go stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Biwa to see cherry blossoms bloom along the coast. Shirahage SUP at the Shirahige Beach Campsite offers travelers the opportunity to see the cherry blossoms directly from the crystal blue waters of Lake Biwa.

Moka Railway Ride in Tochigi Prefecture

The city of Moka in Tochigi Prefecture is perhaps most known for the Moka Railway, which has been operating for over 100 years. During the spring when cherry blossoms begin to bloom, the railway line becomes a popular attraction since its track is almost completely surrounded by cherry blossoms and rape flowers. Travelers can book a trip on the scenic railway between Mogi station and Shimodate station for an unforgettable hanami ride.

Boating Under Hirosaki Castle, Aomori Prefecture

Hirosaki Castle is well-known as a top destination for hanami. Since local apple farmers prune the cherry trees the same way they do apples, the trees end up with two to three times more flowers than normal. To see the lush, pink flowers, guests often rent a rowboat and sail it out on the river surrounded by cherry blossoms. The sparkling river coupled with the towering castle and the bright petals makes for a fairy tale to come to life.

Noh Plays at Night, Tokyo

Under the lovely cherry blossoms of Yasukuni Shrine, a stage is set and traditional plays called noh are performed. These plays often date back to the 14th century and include kyogen (comedic spoken dramas) and maibayashi (a shorter version of noh with music). Performed, under the yozakura (cherry blossoms at night), the plays are enhanced by the atmosphere of the lit-up blossoms and the bonfire, two integral elements of this experience. Japan’s top actors and actresses are known to take the stage.

Events and experiences above are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For updates on travel restrictions to Japan, please visit the website.