We have our regional champs. Ramen topped the Food bracket. Onsen took the Traditional Culture crown. Kiyomizu Temple squeaked by Mt. Fuji to top the Places portion. And in the shocker of the tournament, Cosplay ousted reigning champion Hayao Miyazaki.
It’s time for the Final Four. Cast your votes and send two of our competitors closer to glory. The losers will be forced to watch the Saga onsen commercial on repeat for eternity. As always, one vote at a time.
You can view the full bracket here. As always, votes can only be cast one at a time.
Food vs Places
Ramen vs Kiyomizu Temple
Bye-bye bento and Mt. Fuji. In this semi-final, we have the tonkotsu terror taking on the jewel of Kyoto. Can ramen continue to slip by its competition as easily as it does chopsticks? Or can the combination of nature and exquisite architecture elevate Kiyomizu into the finals?
Pop Culture vs Traditional Culture
Cosplay vs Onsen
Onsen breezed by zen gardens into the semi-finals, while cosplay found just enough flair to push it past the octogenarian. Can cosplay cruise into the finals after a surprise victory? Or will onsen prove too hot to handle?