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Las Vegas Tsaiko-Gate & Game
 
September 15, 2007:   UH – UNLV at Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium

The Tsai-kos, lurkers, and friends converge in Las Vegas.
Plans and preparations were made:
  • Rich2176 purchased 100 tickets for Tsai-kos
  • las vegas arranged Makino Eastern Henderson (Japanese buffet) for Tsaiko-gate.  Minimum 91 attended.
  • las vegas arranged two buses for transport to and from the stadium and Makino's.
  • Addahknowjoe produced the "Tsaiko" and "Colt for Heisman" signs for the stadium per Rich2176 specs.
Click here to see additional photos by Rich2176.
Tsai-ko stands

Sam Boyd Stadium -- Section 217  (I'll put in a larger picture if I get the original file...)

rich2176

Organizer Rich2176 at Sam Boyd Stadium

Photo from The Warrior Beat blog 9/19/2007
ajoe & STsign

Addahknowjoe, his sign, and Stephen Tsai

Photo from The Warrior Beat blog 9/19/2007
ferd, rainbowcliff and ST

Ferd Lewis, RainbowCliff and Stephen Tsai

Photo courtesy of RainbowCliff
Rich2176 and MasaBoy

Tsaiko-Gate co-organizer Rich2176 and chef MasaBoy.

Photo courtesy of A-House
las vegas and A-House

Tsaiko-Gate co-organizer las vegas and A-House.

Photo courtesy of A-House
group 2

las vegas
meets Ferd Lewis.  Rich2176 and ST in center.
Note the Manoa Poi Pounding design of DPK on back of las vegas.

Photo courtesy of RainbowCliff

leila Mrs. A-House, Ferd

Princess Leila, Mrs. A-House, and Ferd Lewis


Photo courtesy of A-House
TY-Aiea family

Mr. and Mrs. TY-Aiea and son.

Photo courtesy of A-House
Garret's family

Garret's family (Lori, Mika, Faith) and Lori's parents.

Photo courtesy of A-House
a-joe , 99club, brew

Addahknowjoe, Addahknowsports, 99club, and brew808 (missing!).

Photo courtesy of A-House
princess leila

Princess Leila with license plate gift from 99club


Photo from The Warrior Beat blog 9/19/2007
Mr. and Mrs. las vegas

Mr. and Mrs. las vegas.  702WarriorNation in background.

Photo courtesy of A-House
Dennis vegas resident

Dennis – Warrior fan and Las Vegas resident.

Photo from Rich2176
rich and don

Rich2176 and Don, a fan from Los Angeles

Photo courtesy of RainbowCliff
sign holding

Lo-Cal Tsai-ko losthawaiian (in green) and son-in-law, Rob.
Photo courtesy of RainbowCliff
Benson and ST

WAC Commisioner Karl Benson and Stephen Tsai

Photo from The Warrior Beat blog 9/19/2007
Rich2176 at  Tsai-ko section

Rich2176 at Sam Boyd Statium.


Photo courtesy of  brew808
Warriors on field
Photo courtesy of RainbowCliff


September 18, 2009:   UH – UNLV at Las Vegas

The Tsai-kos, lurkers, and friends converge in Las Vegas for the second time under the Tsai-ko banner.
Plans and preparations were made:
  • Rich2176 purchased over 215 tickets for Tsai-kos
  • las vegas arranged a Friday night National Tsai-ko dinner and Karaoke Call at Kiku Hana (Hooters plans fell through).
  • las vegas arranged CiCi's Pizza buffet for Tsaiko-gate.
  • las vegas arranged mini-buses for transport to and from the stadium and CiCi's.
Rich2176

Rich2176 distributes Oahu Tsai-ko tickets at Club Genji on June 20, 2010.  A Karaoke Call marked the occaision.
Club Genji, 6/20/2009
Rich2176 with Tickets

Mrs. A-House assists Rich2176 with the ticket accounting. 

Kiku Hana Group

Blogger las vegas (Rasu Begasu) sings at the Las Vegas Cattle & Karaoke Call.
Kiku Hana Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/18/09
Screen projection


Note:  Kiku Hana renamed to Sato-ya in 2010.
ST table

Rich2176, Midori7, las vegas ohana, ST, Princess Leila, BNS ohana, and Kiku Hana chef/owner Uyehara.
Kiku Hana Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/18/09
Arrivals

Addahknowjoe and Addahknowsports meets Mrs. BNS.  Curt and Myki in the foreground.
Kiku Hana Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/18/09
group shot 2

Peaches, Midnight & Barbara.  Meg, Curt, myki & sj-Macro.
Kiku Hana Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/18/09
Midnight and BArbara

Midnight starts the early karaoke.

Photos from ST

Photos from Stephen Tsai's The Warrior Beat blog.  Mrs. A-House, las vegas (Rasu Begasu), and SteveM
Alan karaoke gear

Karaoke equipment and services provided by Alan and Chudi Amazaki.


CiCi's outside

Small group outside of CiCi's tailgate.  LizKauai, Kumiko, las vegas, Mrs. Midnight (kneeling), Peaches, SteveM, Izzy, Wafan, and  Midnight.
CiCi's Pizza.  Las Vegas, Nevada  9/19/09
CiCi's inside grp1

Group at CiCi's (interior side).
CiCi's Pizza. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/19/09
CiCi's grp2

Group at CiCi's (window side). Mrs. RainbowCliff with camera.
CiCi's Pizza. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/19/09

lv2009 mini-buses

las vegas (John) chartered mini-buses wait outside of CiCi's.  Each bus had a full ice chest.
Las Vegas, Nevada  9/19/09
Photo by Koakane
lv2009 minibus

Tsai-kos in a mini-bus enroute to Sam Boyd Stadium.
Las Vegas, Nevada  9/19/09
Photo by Koakane
Tsai-kos at Stadium 2

Tsai-ko section 115.
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas  9/19/09
Tsai-kos at Stadium--left

Tsai-ko section 116.
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas  9/19/09



September 17, 2011:   UH – UNLV at Las Vegas

The Tsai-kos, lurkers, and friends converge in Las Vegas for the third time under the Tsai-ko banner.
Plans and preparations were made:
  • Rich2176  purchased 110+  tickets for the Tsai-kos.
  • las vegas arranged a Friday night (9/16/11) National Tsai-ko dinner and Karaoke Call at Sato-ya (formerly Kiku Hana).
  • las vegas arranged buffet at Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino (a Stations Casino)  for the Tsaiko-gate.
  • las vegas arranged buses for transport to and from the stadium and Fiesta Henderson.
Sato-ya exterior

KIKUHANA (2009) renamed as Sato-ya.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
rasu begasu, chef Uyehara, SteveM

Rasu Begasu (las vegas), owner/chef Uehara, and SteveM.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
Izzy, rasu begasu, LizKauai, Mrs. Uehara

Izzy, Rasu, LizKauai, and Mrs. Uehara.  LizKauai presented  specialty omiyage from Kauai.  Some made by Tunaluvr.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
Izzy adjusts projector.

Izzy connects and adjusts the karaoke video projector.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
mp, Melanie, and Annodah Dave

Master Tsingers  mp, Melanie and Annoddah Dave arrive early.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
Dining group view 1

Dinner time.  Diesel and d1shima  in foreground.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
Sato-ya diners 2

Midnight and Barbara, Diana, Kekoa and Izzy.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
Diana, Mrs & Mrs, rasu begasu

Diana, Kumi (Mrs. rasu) and Rasu Begasu.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
photo by LizKauai
Midnight and Barb

Mr. and Mrs. Midnight.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
photos by LizKauai
d1 and LizKauai

d1shima and LizKauai duet.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
photo by Stephen Tsai   The Warrior Beat 9/17/11
MP singing a Japanese song

MP sings a Japanese song.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
photo by LizKauai
Sato-ya table

SteveM, d1shima, ST, Stretch, PowderPuff, diesel, Melanie, and Annoddah Dave.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
photo by LizKaua




Rich2176, Stretch, and Diesel.


Rich 2176, Stretch, and Diesel.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
photos by Stephen Tsai   The Warrior Beat 9/17/11

Not pictured:  brew808
ST, Stretch, PowerPuff

ST, Stretch, and PowderPuff.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
photo by LizKauai
ST

Stephen Tsai.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
photo by LizKauai
Rasu Begasu plays sashin

Rasu plays the sanshin for those arriving early.
Sato-ya Restaurant. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/16/11
Rasu Begasu collage

 2011 Tsai-ko Buffet Tailgate

Fiesta Henderson Casino

Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino  (a Stations Casino)
Fiesta buffet
Fiesta buffet table

Rasu Begasu and Chudi (2009 karaoke service provider).
Fiesta Henderson buffet. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/17/11
Fiesta buffet table 02

Midori7, M/M SailorBlue, Punawai Nui, Ramon, Rasu. A-House and Tom on right.
Fiesta Henderson buffet. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/17/11
No photos - brew808 in the house

A-House waves off cameras?  brew808 in the house.
Fiesta Henderson buffet. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/17/11
photo by LizKauai
table 1

Kekoa's friend, M/M Midnight, and M/M [email protected]
Fiesta Henderson buffet. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/17/11
photo by LizKauai
The Haleakalas, SteveM, Kekoa

The Haleakala family, SteveM, and Kekoa.
Fiesta Henderson buffet. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/17/11
photo by LizKauai
LizKauai and Punawai Nui

LizKauai and Punawai Nui (Pride.'s brother)
Fiesta Henderson buffet. Las Vegas, Nevada  9/17/11
photo by LizKauai
UKU@la distributes ti leaves

[email protected]  distributes ti leaves on the bus.
Bus enroute Sam Boyd Stadium from Fiesta tailgate.  9/17/11
photo by LizKauai
aboard bus

One of two buses arranged by Rasu Begasu.
Bus enroute Sam Boyd Stadium from Fiesta tailgate.  9/17/11
photo by LizKauai
Rasu's bus passengers at Sam Boyd stadium front


Sam Boyd Stadium


Rasu Begasu's
tailgate bus group
from Fiesta Henderson








photo by LizKauai
brew808 assisting  :-)
Section 115 #1

Early arrivals.  Rich2176's spilt beer #1?
Sam Boyd Stadium, Section 115.  9/17/11
Section 115 #2


Sam Boyd Stadium, Section 115.  9/17/11
Tsai-Kos in Section 115



hawnstln (standing left), A-House (with binoculars), Mrs. A-House, Kekoa, M/M SailorBlue.

M/M 702WarriorFan, SteveM, Garret, 99club.

Rich2176, rasu begasu, I_oku, Chudi & Allen.

wafan and Izzy





Sam Boyd Stadium, Section 115.
9/17/11
photo provided by Rich2176



rasu begasu:
September 18th, 2011 at 10:59 am

Main Street Station
730pm
Last call buffet
Meet and stare at the "Izzy".
Touch and maybe even lick "SteveM" or "Wafan".
Watch "LizKauai" dance the Dance of a hundred Seagulls
Be in awe as you watch Rasu Beagsu put away the calories!
Game over, no crying allowed

Sunday last night cattle call

Last minute Sunday buffet call by Rasu Begasu.  Committed Road Warrior, SteveM, LizKauai, Rasu, wafan, and Izzy.
Main Street Station buffet.  Las Vegas. 9/18/11
photo by LizKauai

John Collins memorial
Sato-ya photo by LizKauai

John Collins  (rasu begasu/las vegas)

December 24, 1959 – December 5, 2011

John passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada after suffering a stroke. A month after hosting Tsaiko-Vegas 2011, he placed 2nd in the Las Vegas Aki-Matsuri Festival karaoke contest (1st place won by Chudi Amazaki).

On Sunday, December 11, 2011, a closed memorial gathering was held at Sato-ya with all his Japanese Association and karaoke friends in Las Vegas.  702WarriorFan represented the Tsai-kos.

Delays in cremation and obtaining John's ashes forced the family to cancel their tentative flights to Hawaii due to holiday season limited seats. Kumi decided to return to Hawaii with John's ashes in January 2012.

A Celebration of Life gathering and Karaoke Call was arranged by Kumi on January 20, 2012 at Club Genji in Honolulu.

His ashes are at rest in Honpa Hongwanji  on Pali Highway.
John's Tsai-ko bio.



Updated: March 10, 2012

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