Japanese eating challenges and contests category

Star Exponent has an interview with Darron Breeden about his victory in last Sunday's Acme Oyster eating contest in New Orleans. Darron started his competitive eating career three years ago in Japan where he taught English.
ANIKI channel has a video of Max Suzuki training for the Nathan's finals.
Tokyo Weekender has a interview with Max Suzuki, who says his goal is to be better than Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi.
Palm Beach Happening has an interview with Max Suzuki, who says he was inspired to enter competitive eating by Moeno Azuki. He hopes that Japanese competitive eating can avoid the messiness that some American competitive eaters exhibit.
The MLE twitter announces that Max Suzuki will do Saturday's Nathan's qualifier at the NYNY Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. I think he will be the first Japanese competitive eater to attempt to qualify for the Nathan's finals since the 2006 qualifier in Tokyo. No other Vegas entrants were listed.
Earlier today, Takeru Kobayashi faced off against a lion in an eating contest on a New Year's Day special for Japanese TV called Battle of Beauty and Beast. In 2003, Kobayashi competed against a bear in a hot dog eating contest on Fox's Man vs. Beast program. update Shrugu702 has a video clip of the program.
Michael Phelps racing a shark is not the only recent human vs. aquatic life matchup. Angela Sato faced off against a seal in an eating contest at North Safari in Hokkaido earlier this month.
Sayler's in Portland has uploaded a clip from a recent Japanese television program where female competitive eater Sachiyo Masubuchi faced off against Danny in a 72 ounce steak eating contest.
Tokyo Drew has a video of Darron Breeden setting the record for a 6kg (13.2 lb) okonomiyaki challenge in a record 24 minutes. The previous record holder was Max Suzuki with a time of 30 minutes.
Molly's Schuyler's victory in March at a corndog eating contest in Roseville, CA was one of the segments on a Japanese TV program that was televised yesterday.
Moeno Azuki won yesterday's "Battle of Big Eaters: Queens Match". The program televised on TV Tokyo can be viewed on oogui ch.
AramaJapan has a post about Hajime Syacho, the Japanese youtube personality with the most subscriptions, cheating on his former girlfriend competitive eater Yuka Kinoshita.
According to an instagram caption by "Beard Meats Food", the annual Battle of Big Eaters produced by TV Tokyo will not return on New Years Day 2018.

Battle of Big Eaters 4 videos

Oogui 2016 has videos of the entire broadcast of Battle of Big Eaters 4 on TV Tokyo today (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3). Molly Schuyler did not compete in the final match of the program; Bob Shoudt faced off against Moeno Azuki.

Excite.co.jp has a page (translated) about the competition.

update Jan 4 Whole broadcast in one video

update Jan 11 Previous video removed. Here is one that is still available

Program guide
0 Previous contest highlights & Japanese qualifiers
3 “Defeat Molly” title shown on screen
8 USA qualifier, Joe Menchetti & Wayne Algenio compete
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TV Tokyo has a page about Battle of the Big Eaters 4 that will be televised on New Years Day with pictures of all 4 competing quartets. Team Canada and Australian pro wrestler Shazza Mackenzie do not appear.
Umakara Ramen Hyouri in Tokyo offers a ramen eating challenge that awards 50,000 yen (about $438) if finished in under 20 minutes.
TV Tokyo televised its mixed-gender "Gluttonous King" contest today ( video). Max Suzuki was the winner, Tanisaki Takahito runner up and Angela Sato 3rd.
Bangkok Post reported a competitor in a rice ball eating contest in Hikone, Japan passed away after choking.
Independent.co.uk has an account of a reporter who competed in last week's noodle eating contest in Morioka, Japan.

Battle of the Big Eaters 4 recording in NYC

Battle of the Big Eaters 4 recorded in Union Square Park in Manhattan today. Here are what the teams appear to be:

  • USA: Molly Schuyler, Erik Lamkin, Bob Shoudt, Dave Brunelli
  • Japan: Moeno Azuki, Tanisaki Takahito & two other males
  • UK: Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran, Leah Shutkever, Emma Dalton, Marc Pitt
  • Australia Issac Martin, Isaac Harding-Davis, Cal “Hulk Smask Food” Stubbs, Shazza McKenzie

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The Malay Mail has a report on Japanese female competitive eater Yuri Ishizeki's trip to Sabah, Malaysia where she attempted several eating challenges.
Don Chingon in Brooklyn has a request for people to attempt their burrito challenge today for Japanese television. This will probably be a segment for Battle of the Big Eaters 4 to be broadcast on Jan 1, 2017.
The Guardian has a report on the noodle eating contest that will be held in Morioka, Japan on November 6. Competitive noodle eating has reportedly been practiced in that city since the 17th century.
A Japanese manga titled "The Competitive Eater Who Leapt Through Time" can be read online.
Manila.coconuts.com reports that some Chinese consider Yuka Kinoshita's recent video where she ate bananas as an insult to their country. One viewer theorized that the 137 bananas Yuka ate was intended to be a reference to the Chinese population of 1.37 billion.
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