If you thought the commemorative stamps were odd, you ain’t seen nothing yet. As part of the continuing celebrations of Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary, Capcom have partnered with the tourism board of Japan’s Saga Prefecture to temporarily make Sagat the region’s “sightseeing ambassador”.
The main goal of this collaboration is to advertise the local wares and produce that are made in Saga Prefecture like ginjo sake, locally grown rice, green tea and saltwater cider — with special Street Fighter II branding. As a result, you got “Wave Motion Fist” sake, E. Honda’s special rice, a Blanka ice cream and Dhalsim’s own chai tea blend, to name but a few of the products on offer. You can even buy a commemorative plate, showing all of the Street Fighter II characters chowing down on some of the food from Saga Prefecture.
If you want to buy any of these items, Sagat will opening up his very own pop-up shop in Tokyo’s Ginza Place, running from January 22nd-28th. Not only can you buy things like the aforementioned commemorative plate and a special “Sagat Shouten” cooking apron, but you’ll be able to try some of Saga Prefecture’s local produce at the nearby RAMO FRUTAS cafe, which is having a special Sagat-themed menu to celebrate.
For those actually in Saga Prefecture, you can pick up any of the branded Street Fighter items by heading to the Balloon Museum in Saga City from February 13th to March 31st. For all the information about this regional collaboration, head over to the official Saga Prefecture site — which has been taken over by the king of Muay Thai.