Hey Ryu X Chun-Li Project fans and followers. Welcome to our 50th blog entry!
Hope things are awesome with you, because yesterday we were beat.
Since we started this project on January 1st, 2013, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs, so many that yesterday we found ourselves mentally exhausted. So we decided to go to the CAPCOM X PASELA ENTERTAINMENT BAR to recharge our batteries.
Sometimes it really rocks to live in Japan!
“PASELA” is the name of the karaoke company that owns the building the bar is located in.
The bar, located near Shinjuku city hall, opens early at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday. So we decided to go there for lunch. The place was small and only seated thirty-one people. Fortunately, there were just enough seats left for us when we arrived.
When we entered (no fee required), we sat along the bar because all the tables were full, and took in the atmosphere. There were game screens all over the place, as well as a plethora of game figures on display. You could play games on the screens if you asked the staff, and there were a couple of Nintendo 3DS at the bar to play while you waited for your order. The game being celebrated inside was Basara, so the bar decor was almost all from Basara, as were almost all the purchasable souvenirs. Fortunately, we didn’t have to look any further than the menu to find the Street Fighter awesomeness were were looking for.
There were three pages of Street Fighter drinks and dishes including an alcohol-free drink based on Sakura, and Akuma’s Shungokusatsu with Red Bull in it, but of course we’re on a budget being a non-profit project and all, so we limited ourselves to a single dish and drink. For our beverage, we ordered “Ryu’s Fire Hadouken” A yogurt, milk, cranberry juice drink based on Ryu’s famous attack. It was sweet and creamy with just a hint of alcohol. And when the waitress served it, we kid you not, she actually did the motion for a hadouken complete with shouting the word at full volume and ending with the repeating Uhwaaaaaah! sound Ryu makes when he is defeated in the game. We cheered!
A Fire Hadouken!!!
And this wouldn’t be the only mini-performance we would witness in the next two hours (the maximum time you can stay in the bar). Every ten minutes or so, the two staff above (occasionally with one other behind the counter) would perform cut scenes (Japanese dialogue only, with the occasional prop) from various CAPCOM games. Basara scenes got the most attention, but a few Pheonix Wright scenes were done as well. Grateful applause from the patrons followed each.
We ordered food too, of course, but the place was busy, and we had to wait a while for our meal. So we requested a few Street Fighter songs which the staff happily played for us using the bar’s sound system, nursed our Fire Hadoukens, and played some Street Fighter on 3DS until our Chun-Li Ebi-Chilli-Cha-Han (Fried rice with shrimp bathed in a sweet sake sauce) arrived. The dish, garnished with a lovely orchid, was absolutely delicious.
Ryu and Chun-Li together…
When our time was up, we had had a great time! We said a grateful ごちそうさまでした to the staff and headed out, but not before we got one of the few Street Fighter souvenirs available for purchase.
And then we stopped by a little shop we spotted on our way home and got one more…