“Ninja Warrior!” Behind The Scenes From Tokyo’s Original Course! Olivia Munn! Alison Haislip! Kevin Pereira! Sara Underwood!

Welcome To The “Original” Ninja Warrior Course In Japan!

It’s the world’s most difficult obstacle course – a test of strength, agility and endurance – a course so hard that in the first 23 competitions, only 3 Athletes had ever achieved “total victory” – yes, it’s the original “Ninja Warrior” course in Japan!

I was able to travel to Japan for the taping of several Ninja Warrior competitions when it aired on G4 – which are known there as “Sasuke”, thanks to the incredible people at the Tokyo Broadcasting System:

I was there with Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, who were hosting shows for G4, and we got a shot that night from the starting platform. Alison Haislip was also hosting, and I captured shots of her shooting interviews during the course construction with the great camera team of Mike Dunn and Aaron Murray:

And since Alison was always the nicest person to work with, she was willing to pose for me as well:

Behind The Scenes Of “Ninja Warrior!”

It was fun to be on the set while all four stages of the obstacle course were being built, and the show creators also put up some smaller obstacles for fans to try.

There was a smaller version of the “net jump” built, and my great Producer John Hill decided to give it a try:

Oops!

Well, he was brave enough to give it a shot and just BARELY missed – and it really is harder than it looks!

Kevin and Olivia then had to climb to the top of Stage 4, the legendary “Mt. Midoriama”, in order to film standups….it’s quite a climb up stairs, and to make sure they were safe, they were tethered by a rope to the railings the entire time!

Filming “Ninja Warrior”…

Early in the morning on competition day, all one hundred competitors arrive, sign in, get their number to run, and then wait to race…and some show up like this:

The coolest thing is when all one hundred competitors are put in front of “Mt. Midoriama” to pose before the competition begins:

The one hundred competitors a re a mix of gifted Athletes and some “fan favorites”, along with some American Athletes we brought with us, who showed off a bit before the competition began:

Both Olivia and Kevin ran the course, and Olivia was nice enough to pose with me before her run:

Perhaps she realized what she was in for, because it is as incredibly difficult as it looks! Olivia slipped on the last uneven step, and Kevin just skimmed his foot in the water on the log drop – but they were real competitors that day!

By the time all one hundred competitors have taken on the first stage of the course, it gets dark and the rest of the competition is run at night!

It’s A Long Day Of Competition On “Ninja Warrior!”

I attended these “Ninja Warrior” tapings on four different occasions, and not once did we finish filming the competition before 3am. The entire event takes place outdoors in a secret location just outside Tokyo. During the colder months, there was even a bonfire lit to help keep everyone warm!

Everyone on G4 worked that late as well, which meant Alison and her Host partner Matt Iseman had only a few minutes to eat dinner on the production bus before heading back to work:

After filming was complete on stage one, I was able to go onto the set and get a picture of me on the iconic warped wall…

It was one of the greatest trips of my life…the entire Tokyo Broadcasting team was a pleasure to work with, and I got to pose with the greatest Ninja Warrior of all, Makito Nagano!

These legendary Athlete has “achieved total victory” more than any other “Ninja Warrior”, and a great person as well!

And of course, on the one trip I couldn’t make, for the “all female” race, G4’s own Sara Underwood won the first stage of the competition!

You can see more of Kevin and Olivia’s trip to “Ninja Warrior”, and see a clip of Sara on the course by clicking here:


https://johnrieber.com/2015/07/30/ninja-warrior-olivia-munn-and-kevin-pereiras-race-to-greatness-sara-underwood-rules-the-course-oliva-munn-as-psylocke/

Can’t wait to see the new edition of “American Ninja Warrior” and good luck to all the Athletes!



Categories: Books / Media, Exotic Travel, Japan, Memoirs, Sports, Talent/Celebrities, Tokyo!, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, TV Show, Uncategorized

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

8 replies

  1. I have never seen it only heard about it. For me very informative with great clicks. Awesome.

  2. Very cool! And very intense from the look at that mountain!

  3. I have never seen the show, John. But it must have been a great experience to be there, filming it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Captain's Quarters

Exploring sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult novels.

Roberta Writes

How you see life depends on how you look at things

Thirsty Journeys

Quenching your thirst for travel

Robbie Cheadle

Books | Poems | Reviews

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

Just muddling through life

The ups and downs of a working mum

Self-Inflicted Drama

Stories of wanderlust, adventure and occasional disaster.

Darlene Foster's Blog

dreamer of dreams, teller of tales

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Urban Suburban Girl

(adj.) cul ā€“ de ā€“ sac couture

You can always start now

exploring possibilities

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Tina's Timeless Travels

Travel through the eyes of Tina

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

The Planking Traveler

Affordable Travel, Enjoyable Movement, And Healthy Living Inspiration

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Pages, Places, & Plates

Reviews of books, eateries, experiences, and travel.

Binging on a Budget

"Help Me, I'm Poor."

Sunshine with Savannah

Writer aiming to cultivate kindness. | Exploring, learning, scribbling, finding sunshine wherever I go.

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

A Rambling Reviewer

Here be rambles and reviews.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Wrangling literary arts for writers: words for people!

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Colline's Blog

A potpourri of books and things

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Travel. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

From Michigan to Germany

A family from Michigan living abroad in Germany.

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

fancypaper

Little Things Make Us Happy

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

The Bloomin Brilliant Blog

A Little Piece Of My Life

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

The BookWorm Drinketh

Give Tea to the Tillerman, But Booze to the Bookworm!

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

Esme Salon

Share, Care & Inspire

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

%d bloggers like this: