Thursday, 8 August 2019



PETALING JAYA, 8 August 2019 – In a recent ruling by the United States District Court, Central District of California on April 18, 2018, Tsuburaya Productions Co. Ltd. (TPC) has won its bid to be the sole Intellectual Property (IP) owner of Ultraman, which includes all the Ultraman heroes, monsters and any other characters related to the Ultraman Universe. With this victory, Mr. Masayuki Nagatake, President of Tsuburaya Productions, announced that TPC will be focusing its attention on the major global expansion of the Ultraman works. At the first major press conference of Ultraman in Malaysia, TPC announced all their upcoming plans and business cooperation with their Malaysian and Southeast Asian partners. 
At the press conference, Mr. Masayuki Nagatake, President of Tsuburaya Productions said, “I am proud to announce that we, TPC, have won the U.S. lawsuit which solidifies our decades- long faith and efforts to fully and finally resolve this dispute and confirm our worldwide rights to “Ultraman”. As the U.S. judgement is highly recognized and most reliable judgment in the world, with its so called “Discovery” process, where both parties must disclose enormous amounts of documents, materials, and communications that both parties had in their possession, which was not mandatory in previous lawsuits, U.S. lawsuit has the most legitimate way to discover the truth in the dispute, we intend to actively proceed with the further overseas expansion of the “Ultraman” works”. 

TPC revealed their plans for the next three years starting with the announcement of their latest Ultraman series, Ultraman R/B, which will air on Malaysia’s Astro TV starting on 30th August 2019. Besides that, TPC recently launched a brand-new series titled “ULTRAMAN TAIGA” in Japan last July 2019 and it will be available worldwide in 2020. Ultraman Taiga is the son of the legendary hero, Ultraman Taro, and will explore the universe with his companions, who are Ultraman Titas and Ultraman Fuma. 

The Ultraman expansion doesn’t end there as TPC is launching Ultra Galaxy Fight, an online series featuring Ultraman’s New Generation Heroes versus the League of Darkness! Ultra Galaxy Fight will be broadcasted on TPC’s official YouTube channel starting from 29th September 2019 onwards. Moreover, TPC announced that the production of Season 2 of Netflix’s ULTRAMAN is ongoing. First released in April 2019, the series has become a smash hit around the world and released a lot of merchandise. TPC also mentioned that more characters will be featured in the upcoming season.

Furthermore Mr. Masayuki Nagatake said, “We will be releasing “KAIJU STEP”, a miniseries about Ultraman Kaiju appearing as little kids that goes on adventures while learning about new and different things. KAIJU STEP is aimed at preschoolers and it will first be broadcasted on Japan’s NHK TV network this October 2019fall. In addition to that, I am proud to announce the ongoing production of “SHIN ULTRAMAN”, a movie adaptation of the original Ultraman created in 19696. The movie is scheduled to be released in 2021, and it will be the biggest budgeted movie ever in the history of the Ultraman Universe!”. 

Present at the first Ultraman Press Conference was Mr. Masayuki Nagatake, President of Tsuburaya Productions, alongside YBhg. Dato’ Mohd Roslan Mahayudin, Director General of Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MYIPO), Mr. Kei Minamitani, Manager of International Business Affairs of Tsuburaya Productions, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Perbadanan National Berhad (PNS), Malaysia Association of Amusement Themepark & Family Attractions (MAATFA), Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA), ASEAN Retail-Chain & Franchise Federation (ARFF), Perbadanan Kota Buku, Malaysian Film Producers Association (PFM), Malaysia Retail Association (MRA), Association of Post Production & Animation Malaysia (POSTAM), Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Embassy of Japan in Malaysia.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Trams/Streetcars in Kumamoto & Nagasaki

When we were visiting Kumamoto and Nagasaki, apart from the local train (the JR Line was covered by our JR Kyushu Northern Area Rail Pass), we also used the tram quite extensively to get around both cities.
Watermark on photo is of our other blog:
The one-day tram pass we bought to use in Kumamoto.

The trams is used by local and tourists alike but of course, we saw more tourists on the tram at Nagasaki compared to Kumamoto.

For 500-yen per tram pass, it is a good value as a tram ride cost 130 yen -  170 yen per ride. 
Trams arrived at regular intervals so we never needed to wait long for one and it was indeed great fun to get around town in the!

We used the time travelling in the tram as a time to chill and take a breather before getting to our next destination.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Enjoying A Ride On The JR Kyushu A-Train

One of the many highlights during our Kyushu trip last month was riding the JR Kyushu Limited Express A-Train.
The train is named after a famous jazz tune, the theme behind this train was "the Southern European culture prevalent in Amakusa in 16th century. "

The interior is constructed using dark tone woods and stained glass and giving a feeling as if we are in a movie scene.

The train ride is covered by JR Pass, JR Kyushu Rail Pass, JR Kyushu Northern Area Pass and JR Kyushu Southern Area Pass.

For our trip, we bought the 5-days JR Kyushu Northern Area Pass for 10,000 yen each and certainly had fun riding on JR Kyushu shinkansen (bullet trains) and also novelty trains like the A-Train.

Here's a video about the ride.
There are more videos of our previous trips and marathons at our YouTube account Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura.

I'll try to update more about our previous trips here soon!

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Rail Passes In Japan

We visited Kyushu during the school holiday, taking advantage of Air Asia X's cheap promotional fare to the island. Taking in mind of the school holiday season, the RM700 fare (return) was very reasonable for us.
For this trip, we decided to purchase the 5-days Northern Kyushu Rail Pass at 10,000 yen and visited Kumamoto, Yufuin, Oita, Beppu, Aso, Nagasaki, Kurume and Fukuoka (yup, in that order).

It was really fun getting on numerous shinkansens on this trip with the pass.
To travel around the city area of Kumamoto and Nagasaki, we also bought the 1-day tram pass in each city which enabled us to ride the excellent tram service around the two cities.

Depending on our needs during our travel, we'd purchase rail or tram passes or just the normal train 1-day passes for our use.

A tram single fare is usually from 130 - 170 yen so just a few trips on the tram is enough to cover the day pass' fare.
We bought this Nankai All Line 2-day pass (2,000 yen) when we visited Osaka in 2017 which we used to travel from Kansai Airport to Wakayama and then to Koyasan the next day.

Just travelling to the two areas had more than covered the price of our 2-day pass.
When we visited Japan in March this year for my Nagoya Women's Marathon, we bought the 5-days Kintetsu Rail Pass (3,600 yen) which we used to travel around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Ise-Shima and Nagoya.

Yup, we visited all the areas the pass covered. We only used local trains which meant travel time was slower than using express trains but we didn't mind.
When we visited Hokkaido last year, we bought the 5-days Hokkaido Rail Pass (22,000 yen) and we used it to travel from New Chitose Airport to Hakodate then to Sapporo, Otaru, Furano, Asahikawa and lastly to Abashiri for my Okhotsk-Abashiri Marathon before returning to Sapporo on the last day.
In Hakodate we also bought the 1-day tram pass to visit the town.
When we visited Nikko in 2017, we bought the 4-days Nikko All Area pass (4,150 yen during winter) and it also covered the Nikko bus service in Nikko.
In 2015, when I joined Tango Ultramarathon, we bought the 5-days JR-Wet Rail Pass Kansai Wide Area Pass (9,000+ yen depending on where you buy it) and used it to travel around Osaka, Kyoto, Toyooka and Kinosaki Onsen.
For the areas where we used railway companies other than the JR line, we bought the Kyoto Tango Rail Pass. It was half price for foreigners when we bought it so it cost us only 900 yen at that time.

We used it to visit Amanohashidate and also Amino city for my race kit collection.

Oh, many many years ago, we also had bought the 7-days JR Pass and used it to travel the length and breadth of Japan; from Kyushu to Shikoku all the way up north to Hokkaido. It was rather fun but nowadays, whenever we visit Japan, we tend to focus to just a certain area instead of rushing all around Japan during our trip.
And whenever we visit Japan, we are never without our more-than-10-year-old SUICA card. This is pretty handy for not only ticket purchases (for trips not covered by any passes) but also for purchases too.

The watermark used in all photos are of my other blog link:

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