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Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
Yu Suzuki presents the long awaited third installment in the Shenmue series.
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Dinner in Japan Reward Report


Greetings Eveyone!  

The 16th of September was the Dinner with Yu Suzuki in Tokyo reward day, and we wanted to share how the day went. Shenmue III backers from around the world came to Japan for the event that would be a day filled with Japanese and Chinese culture in the historical centers of Kamakura and China Town in Yokohama. Yu-san was there to conduct the tour and of course talk Shenmue.

Searching around the hotel lobby where everyone was meeting up, who do we find, but someone with “Shenmue” tattooed on their arm in Japanese! From the first, we were already beside ourselves with how deeply their love for Shenmue ran.


After the meeting and greeting, the first stop was the ancient city of Kamakura. Among the heritage rich streets lay Komachi-dori where everyone took in the atmosphere of the local vendors while making their way to Tsurugaoka Hachimangū, the most prominent and important shrine in the region. Perhaps the scene may conjure up some Dobuita memories?

The Great Buddha!


Having experienced the best of old world Japan, it was on to China Town. Yu-san livened the ride over bringing up everyone’s favorite topic of conversation.



Yu-san talks Shenmue and Chinese culture as they stroll through Japan’s largest China Town.

And the day is topped off with a Chinese round table dinner. The Shenmue talk heats up as Yu-san listens intently to everyone’s ideas.

The day spent with the group was a reaffirmation in the wellspring of devotion we are so proud to share, and it pitched up the fighting spirit of all on the development team. It was great opportunity that came out of the crowdfunding, do-it-together experience, and for that we give thanks.  

So the push forward continues, and we ask again for your continued support that we may put Shenmue III in your hands!

Luke Murthwaite, D-Boy, and 425 more people like this update.


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    1. Arturo Carpenter on November 29, 2016

      Kamakura pictures brought a nostalgic feelings from my time stationed in Yokosuka Naval base. Shenmue kinda inspire my decision on asking for Japan as my first choice for duty station orders, and I'm so glad I did. It looks like eveyone had a GREAT TIME at dinner with Mr. Yu. Blessings everyone,and lets keep supporting Shenmue and it's team, so we can get the best possible experience, one worthy of Mr. Yu's vision and worthy of our passion. CAN'T WAIT FOR MY PS4 COPY, hopefully I will be able to at least upscale it to 4K with the PS4 Pro, even though at this point i would even play Shenmue 3 at 720p I DON'T CARE I just want to at least roundhouse kick Lan Di in the jaw at least once, even if he escapes again. LET ME HIT HIM JUST ONCE PLEASE HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA!

    2. Bule on October 27, 2016

      @Drew: so, I got the book (Le Maître de Sega). Indeed, there is a preliminary chapter on his early life, but the book is predominantly about Yu Suzuki's life at Sega.

      A very good read, regardless. Well, what I understood of it anyway.

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      Joshua Schoemmell on October 17, 2016

      That's so nice! Wish I could've been there! Glad everyone had a great time!

    4. Bule on October 12, 2016

      @Drew: I'll let you know - I just ordered the book. I seem to remember that there is a chapter on his early, formative years, but the majority of the book is indeed about his life at Sega. Anyway, time to brush up on my French ;)

      There is also another book, La Odisea de Shenmue, in Spanish. Not about Yu, but about Shenmue.

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      Drew on October 12, 2016

      Sorry, yes I meant Matthew.

      Does it serve as a biography of Yu or just cover his years of background at Sega? I want to know all the details I mentioned below and more. Just talking about his years at Sega doesn't give us an insight on how he formed psychologically.
      I mean, the Sega of the past created such works for the industry its culture can't be discounted on influencing Suzuki-sama; however, how much of his background shaped Sega's path or his choice to have a career there. The same questions are worth asking of Yuji Naka as well.
      I assume the translation of the title is "The Master Of Sega", ne? Figures a Frenchman or woman would write about it since the French have a wide range of respect for art of all sorts compared to some Westerners.

    6. Bule on October 12, 2016

      @Drew: Do you mean Michael, or Matthew?

      Also, I know this isn't the point, but Chaplin wrote quite an interesting autobiography called My Biography, which I very much enjoyed reading.

      More to the point, a book about Yu Suzuki has been written recently, Le Maître de Sega. Only problem is that it's in French (if you can call that a problem). Heard a while back that it might be getting an English translation.

      I know it's not a video documentary, but it's something, ain't it?

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      Drew on October 11, 2016

      Michael, I'm going to put this to bed with Albert. Albert, how much money do you think it would be worth to have a dinner with Charlie Chaplin, Akira Kurosawa, D.W. Griffin(might be getting his name wrong), Walt Disney, Osamu Tezuka Les Paul, Buster Keaton, Ingmar Bergman, Sergei Eisenstein, etc. I mean especially if they had a promising project or a continuing project that most of the industry wouldn't pay for even if it was substantive.
      It's not a mistake I put those names up either as a comparison to Suzuki-sama. As far as I'm concerned, Yu Suzuki is up there in terms of all those aforementioned men(likely some women in there for the silents) who broadly shaped the course of the film and animation industry, pioneers almost all. Yu Suzuki and Yuji Naka I hold in the same esteem in terms of video gaming, pioneers that have pushed the industry forward so substantially and haven't been nearly given the credit they deserve so $10K is not frivolous to talk to a living legend that you can tell your kids or grandkids you were fortunate enough to talk to.
      The only question I ask Michael and the others at the dinner was...did you ask about shooting on documentary on him? I would easily pay to watch a documentary exploring Yu's childhood, what his parents were like, the cultural climate, his general political philosophy and other things. I mean how much of this stuff have we found about Chaplin or Keaton being interviewed personally?! None, because no one thought to record these things for posterity before they died and it would be a TRAVESTY if Yu died without someone interviewing and picking his brain on the aforementioned subjects and many others. Gathering enough content about his life to write a biography as a companion piece would be great as well.

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      Bruno Albino on October 9, 2016

      I enjoyed this update! I'm sure that dinner will be a moment in their lives none of them will forget!

      However, I'm disappointed with some Shenmue fans and how selfish their views are. Truly, it seems some Shenmue fans do not deserve a third game judging by their reactions :/

    9. Bule on October 8, 2016

      @Matthew Kilpatrick: you make some very salient points, particularly about expectations and possible spoilers. Made me laugh when you said you were pushing 30, though. You'll be ready for your pipe and slippers soon, sonny jim.

      Seriously though, hope it was a good trip (obviously it was) and thanks for donating that kind of money to the Shenmue 3 project. We all share a deep appreciation for this game series.

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      Matthew Kilpatrick on October 8, 2016

      Albert Robstad: Stop referring to us as kids. I'll have you know I'm pushing 30 years old in a few months, and I'm one of the youngest who attended the dinner. For the love of God, be patient. You're seriously comparing Bloodstained to Shenmue III? Apples and oranges, my friend. Simply coming up with all the dialogue Shenmue III has to offer will be a greater job than the entire Bloodstained project. Furthermore, whiny KIDS like yourself will only complain if the team did release more work-in-progress video and images. Just like people have proved at the inception of the Kickstarter, complaining about how the character models look, the voices in the Kickstarter trailer... Hell, some people even made fun of the game's mock-up box art, despite all of these things being very quickly made placeholders before development even started! The team are damned if they do, damned if they don't. I can completely understand why they want to polish the game before releasing much media to the critical masses. Don't forget that Sony are largely invested in this game as well, and will be heavily involved in promotion. Did you ever think perhaps they wanted to save the big reveal for one of their game shows? You also need to understand that showing us anything more than Ryo "jumping over some rocks" runs the risk of spoiling things, so they have to be very careful. Shenmue fans are very perceptive, so one glimpse at a certain area or cutscene could lead to someone putting the pieces together and solving some well-researched, 15 year mystery before the game is on shelves.

      By the way, purchasing priceless items doesn't make me a "moran", it makes me a genius. I'd have to be facing homelessness to even consider this, but if I really needed to, I could sell the original script I'm getting for twice what I paid for it. Besides, I've refrained from making common disastrous financial mistakes that most people make, like having children. I'm doing just fine, sir. :)

    11. Brandon Gibbs on October 5, 2016

      Looks like they had a good time!

    12. Albert Robstad on October 4, 2016

      @ Matthew Kilpatrick I thank you for your contribution and for the other like you that are willing to pay 10000 $, if you have that kind of dough laying around or if you are actually that secure in your job. But if put yourself in major debt which is almost a third of a decent years income then you are a moron. But god bless you. Still a moran though.

      @Vaev I dont care if your tired of seeing negative comments.
      I dont try to influense games that i kickstart, i dont "help" developers make their
      games in any way. Because when i give money to Yu to help kickstart his shenmue 3
      game, I want him to make the game not we who donate money.
      And in return I would like to see some pictures from the game that are actually full screen and maybe a cut scene or two that doesent involve jumping over some rocks which he has already shown even before the kickstarter started. And yes I have seen the firfly vid and yes i was amazed. But I want to see a little more not too much of course but he could show us the starting area at least. I want to see the animation of characters and simply how the graphics and textures actually is. Bloodstained is a good example of how to do, it.
      So yes I will complain, I dont have 10000 $ laying around and i only contribute with a small amount but its what im comfortable with since I have to live too. And I will voice my opinion.
      I want to see more then something a friend of mine could make in 3d max..... or maya whatever your preferance. I dont want to watch some kids getting a tour Yu`s office place or going to the local bowling.

    13. Vaev on October 3, 2016

      To be honest, I'm getting pretty tired of reading these negative, pessimistic comments and views on how the team is handling updates. Give them a break. They're hard at work on a passion project, reviving something we all hold dear to our hearts. I'd rather they spend more time on actual development, than try and make updates some marketing scheme that hinders the game itself.

      TL;DR: Be Patient. Have Faith. In Yu We Trust.

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      Aaron on October 2, 2016

      I wish I could have been there..

      So looking forward to this game.. If nothing else the story is something I am most looking forward to.

    15. Andrew Mai on October 2, 2016

      This is so cool. I'm really loving these updates along the way. Still have to pinch myself that shenmue is finally coming out.

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      Matthew Kilpatrick on October 1, 2016

      To those of you complaining about us "rich kids," maybe we're not rich. Just maybe we went in great debt to help fund this game. Maybe, just maybe Suzuki-san and the team want to show appreciation for that. Rest assured, people, they are working hard on this game and it's coming out great. Be patient and you'll be very satisfied, I'm sure of it.

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      Daniel Ligman on October 1, 2016

      Relax guys. They are working on the game. They'll show us something when they have something to show.

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      Kimberly Montgomery on September 29, 2016

      For god sake, show us some gameplay or at least some pictures from the game.
      Showing us pictures from rich kids getting a tour from Yu is not something I want to watch.

      Personally, I'd rather they'd be spending the time on development, rather than updating us as frequently. I'd hope maybe after the game is released, we get a mini-doc of sorts on this game.

      Can we get some more details about the game please.

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      AM2Model3 on September 29, 2016

      So cool! We are all so excited for shenmue3!!!! Thank you everyone!!

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      Russell Glover on September 29, 2016

      I wish I'd had the funds to back to this level, but you all look like you had such a great time. Excellent photos :)

    21. Leonel Soares on September 29, 2016

      Great photos we can see they all had a great time.

    22. Rich Sherwin on September 29, 2016

      I'm jelly but I hope you all had a lovely time :D

    23. Mel Saint Marceaux on September 29, 2016

      This is so awesome!
      Major congrats to the ones who could be there.

      I like how you can tell EU vs US in the way they sign '3' :)

    24. Bule on September 29, 2016

      That's a three player janken match right there. But what was the outcome?? :O

    25. Ian J Irizarry on September 29, 2016

      Time for me to get a tattoo �

    26. Ian J Irizarry on September 29, 2016

      So happy for them! Awesome!

    27. Norman Granet on September 29, 2016

      I wish they shared the idea of bringing back the original DC Shenmue tree design ^^
      Anyway, I hope they enjoyed their trip alongside Yu San !

    28. Rhett Connelly on September 29, 2016

      Bit jelly not gonna lie, but it is surprising to see parallels with my trip to Japan, with Yu-san instead of teachers

    29. Albert Robstad on September 29, 2016

      For god sake, show us some gameplay or at least some pictures from the game.
      Showing us pictures from rich kids getting a tour from Yu is not something I want to watch.

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      Max Ingram on September 29, 2016

      That is so cool! Thank you for sharing pictures of this event. :)

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      Snakiest on September 29, 2016

      A perfect excuse not to show us the game.

      So jealous of those guys looking at Yu's pc screen. Something is telling me he is not showing them his cat pictures. -((

    32. Anonymous81 - #ShenmueSaved on September 29, 2016

      I will remain optimistic about Shenmue 3 until the bitter end. And even then I'll probably hold out hope lol. :P

      Peace and well wishes to everyone still here.

    33. KosiKosa on September 29, 2016

      It's great to see the happy faces of both Suzuki San and the backers.
      Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us!
      We need to be a little more patient. I have no doubts Shenmue 3 is going to be great.

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      Thomas Montana on September 29, 2016

      @Jose Luis Tur: Personally, I'd rather they'd be spending the time on development, rather than updating us as frequently. I'd hope maybe after the game is released, we get a mini-doc of sorts on this game.

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      Thomas Montana on September 29, 2016

      Love seeing super fans like this get this reward.

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      Frederick jones on September 29, 2016

      Good to see stuff like this.

    37. Jose Luis Tur on September 29, 2016

      I must admit I'm a bit dissapointed about this monthly communications. They promised an "open development" with the backers, and that we could be a part of the process, but until now this hasn't been true at all, they have only given few (almost none) real information about how the game is going. I wish we could see more of the developing process... *sigh*

    38. Brian on September 29, 2016

      That's good everyone had a great time. I wanted to know what's going on with the game. Can we get some more details about the game please.

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      Daniel Jongeward on September 29, 2016

      Wow looks like a ton of fun! I would love to meet Yu!

    40. Tristan High Cultist of Cthulhu on September 29, 2016

      Sounds like everyone had a great time, I am both envious and happy for all the fans that got to go to Japan and talk Shenmue with Yu Suzuki.

    41. シェンムーのアンバサダ on September 29, 2016

      Perfecto. Meanwhile the saga getting near towards the perfection: #Shenmue3