The Song of Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle (熊本城 Kumamoto-jō) is a hilltop Japanese castle located in Chūō-ku, Kumamoto in Kumamoto Prefecture. In 1588, Katō Kiyomasa was transferred to the early incarnation of Kumamoto Castle. From 1601 to 1607, Kiyomasa greatly expanded the castle, transforming it into a castle complex with 49 turrets, 18 turret gates, and 29 smaller gates.

Kumamon (くまモン) is a mascot created by the government of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. It was created in 2010 for a campaign called to draw tourists to the region after the Kyushu Shinkansen line opened.

Yuru-chara (Japanese: ゆるキャラ Hepburn: yuru kyara) is a Japanese term for a category of mascot characters; usually created to promote a place or region, event, organisation or business. They are characterized by their kawaii (cute) and unsophisticated designs, often incorporating motifs that represent local culture, history or produce.

エグスプロージョン(EGU-SPLOSION)は、日本のダンサー(ダンスユニット)・振付師。よしもとクリエイティブ・エージェンシー所属。

“EGU-SPLOSION is a Japanese dance and choreography group. They are represented by Yoshimoto Creative Agency.”

Hard Gay, Cupid of Love

Kendo (剣道, kendō), or “way of the sword”, is the Japanese martial art of swords. Kendo developed from traditional techniques of Japanese swordsmanship known as kenjutsu. [It] is practised wearing traditionally styled clothing and protective armour (bōgu), using one or two bamboo swords (shinai) as weapons.

The Yokohama Landmark Tower (横浜ランドマークタワー, Yokohama Randomāku Tawā) is the tallest building in Japan, standing 295.8 m (970 ft) high. It is located in the futuristic Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama city, right next to Yokohama Museum of Modern Art. Work on the building was finished in 1993.

Hard Gay is not in fact homosexual nor particularly outrageous, but a rather ordinary male comedian portraying a character. Television programs in which he has appeared have increasingly made reference to this, and he himself has significantly reduced his comic gay mannerisms in live appearances on variety and other types of programs.

Saison Judo

「技はいろいろ、カードはひとつ。」 “Many techniques, one card.”

Judo (柔道, jūdō), meaning “gentle way”, is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budō) and combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw one’s opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one’s opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking the elbow or by applying a choke.

There are a variety of techniques recognized by Kodokan (講道館) judo (柔道) and other budo (武道).

Credit Saison Co., Ltd., commonly known as Credit Saison or simply Saison, is a Japanese financial services company affiliated to Mizuho Financial Group. Founded in 1946, Credit Saison is the 3rd largest credit card issuer with over 20 million cardholders in Japan, behind JCB and Visa Japan.