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They see us rolling, they hatin’. Otakus out in the sunlight?! What is going on with the world.
Yes we are an active club, and yes we do go out. So scroll down and read about our adventures.


December 5, 2010, by , posted in Out and About

Despite it only being second week of exams, some (lucky) people had already finished their exams and some (even luckier) people never even had exams. So while some of us were still slaving in front of computer screens or over textbooks, a bunch of people in the club decided to go out for lunch.

One criticism that’s voiced quite often within the club is that we always go to the same places to eat. “Daruma again?” “Why are we going back to Sussex?” “Can we go somewhere other than Saap Thai?” So in an effort to fix things, we’re going to strive to go to new and different places to fill our stomachs.


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Sake Factory Tour

August 14, 2010, by , posted in Out and About

Did you know that Australia has a sake brewery? And did you know that its located in Penrith? And did you also know that they offer guided tours around the factory? Well we did. And we decided to take that tour.

Penriff Station

Go Shu Sake Factory

So you probably knew that sake is made using rice, right? (Hence why its sometimes called rice wine.) Well did you know that they use polished rice in sake? Rice has several layers to it, and the most purest sake is made from the core of the rice. To get to that core, the rice undergoes a polishing process that strips away layer upon layer of each rice grain. The remaining rice is used to make sake, whilst the debris created during polishing is used for skin care products (as they are rich in vitamins).


They had tons of rice! Literally!

Special sake making machines

The Go-Shu Sake Brewery is only a few decades old, which is relatively young compared to the sake factories of Japan, some of which are centuries old. But being the only local sake brewery in Australia, their products are sold in over 100 Japanese restaurants and establishments throughout Sydney alone.

Listening attentively.


The Go-Shu Brewery is also very environmentally friendly. Most of their waste products are either turned into skin care products, used to water the plum trees outside or driven down the road to feed cows. Apparently alcohol and sake helps build appetite, so those are some hungry hungry cows.

Bottling machine.

Lots of sake in those silos.

If you’d like to learn more about sake and the sake brewery process, or just looking for an interesting day out, we highly suggest taking the tour. Otherwise, they have a visitor center where you can buy sake and skin care products for cheap! And why wouldn’t you? Sake is good for the skin, good for the appetite and best served with good company!


For more info, check out their website.

6 Things About SMASH!

August 10, 2010, by , posted in Out and About

1. More than 2500 people like anime and want to go to a convention it seems. Unfortunately, Town Hall doesn’t let you have more than that, so lots of people ended up getting turned away at the door. Pretty bad oversight and there were alot of angry and disappointed people who couldn’t get in. Inside the convention there were still problems, particularly during the cosplay comp, where the main hall ended up reaching  capacity and you couldn’t enter unless you were either a) In cosplay or b) a Vendor. Not really a problem for us, but people were getting very annoyed.

With that said, Town Hall was much more welcoming than it has been in the past. Air conditioning was a god-send for the whole venue which is a change from the one huge fan that was used in the olden day. Despite that though, I’m kind of glad we’re moving away from Town Hall and going onto somewhere else.

2. 15 years on, Evangelion is still popular. Who would’ve thought? SMASH’s international guests were pretty awesome this year and probably the highlight of the convention. Everyone seemed to love Yuko Miyamura, but I’ll always have a soft spot for Tiffany Grant and Matt Greenfield. I watched Evangelion in dub as a child, and for me, that’s the best way to watch it. It’ll be interesting to see if SMASH can better their guest list next year.

3. Wtf is up with the Free <insert action here> stuff? Geez. I thought that went out years ago.

4. The Maid Cafe was weird. Sausage rolls and pies? Not exactly the stuff I’d expect from a Maid Cafe. And there was also a lack of food/drinks vendors with massive lines. That was largely due to Town Hall’s restrictions, which is probably even better reason to leave that place behind.

5. If you weren’t interested in the cosplay or you weren’t an artist, you could get bored real quick. You could do your shopping and see everything you needed to see within an hour or two. There wasn’t anything I’d consider new to SMASH this year, and if you’ve been to as many conventions as we have, that’s a bad thing. Even pictochat sucked.

6. But hey, at least the club stall looked nice.

Vertigo: What Happened Cameo

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Then and Now

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Some things change, but some things stay the same. Like ice cream. Everyone loves ice cream.