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Irony aside, this is a very nice book, with almost 100 sepia-tone photos, including snaps of sumo fans Charlie Chaplin and Jean Cocteau. Kozo clearly knows his stuff. I see this one from time to time on eBay, where it goes for about $30. Worth every penny.




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Other sports like table tennis and fencing have been popular at different times. Baseball was a staple of early television, and boxing and sumo were aired periodically. Initially, running live sports games was viewed with skepticism as it was believed that fans would rather stay at home if they could watch for free. But, as it actually increased interest and sold more merchandise, airing of sports on television became popular.


Tokyo's Ryogoku district has been the center of the sumo world for about two centuries. The district is home to many sumo stables and the Kokugikan sumo stadium where three of the six annual tournaments are held. Below are a few more of Ryogoku's attractions that could be of interest to sumo fans:


In the United States and Canada, TV Japan is the only way to legally get the NHK content which includes the daily live sumo coverage. Edit: Thank you to Herouth and Steven Palmer for pointing out in the comment section the JSTV option for viewers in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and North Africa. The two week ad-hoc option sounds fantastic for sumo fans! Internationally, the NHK World site does offer live streams, on select days, of top division matches via its website. The NHK World channel is available to stream live at this link, 24/7.


I think fans in general appreciate fine sumo whatever the nationality but the same cannot be said for the ruling sumo organisations. In April the Sumo Reform report authored by non-sumo advisory professionals with an average age of 77 to guide the next few years of sumo, bemoaned the poor conduct of foreigners, citing examples of unprofessional behaviour (ignoring Japanese examples) and criticising the type of sumo done by them. In the Olympics year it is amazing this did not get more press attention as thoroughly counter to the Olympic values of inclusivity (and respecting and thanking people who learn the language and spend their lives in Japan). I love sumo and Japan but the old men ruling the sport are largely an embarrassment and the most urgent reforms needed are in the governing bodies to drag sumo into the 21st century.


The stadium is surrounded by big images of top sumo wrestlers so fans can take pictures with them. The interior of the stadium is also impressive, as its layout is very vertical. All the stands are oriented dizzyingly towards the small rim, which is surrounded by a narrow corridor that separates it from the fans.


As mentioned, there are no weight divisions; however, there are ranking divisions. The six main divisions are Jonokuchi, Jonidan, Sandanme, Makushita, Juryou, and Makuuchi. The higher a rikishi moves up in the ranks, the higher his salary, and the more popular he becomes with sumo fans.


From a sumo perspective, he tended to make use of speed and side-step the initial launch, and that is where his lack of weight (inertia) was a disadvantage. Still, his tenacity and strength did win him fans.


Sports have always been a big part of the Japanese culture with traditional sports like judo and sumo still being immensely popular. But also imported sports such as baseball and soccer are loved by many Japanese. Japanese people are often big sports fans and they are introduced to sports at a very young age in elementary school. Most people enjoy both participating in and watching different sports on a daily basis. When you walk in the parks or visit the riverbanks, especially on the weekend, you will be surprised by the large number of people engaged in all kinds of sports. From running and yoga to baseball and tennis, many people enjoy either watching or doing sports in their leisure time.


Tiktin and his wife - who came bearing a homemade "Viva Mexico" sign - said they are not fans of Trump because of the way he has treated Mexicans, but added that maybe Trump was trying to abide by sumo protocol. "I think he was being respectful," Tiktin said. "I hate to say that, but I think he was respectful."


In the run-up to the sumo championship, Trump prompted some griping among the Japanese. Some were annoyed that Trump and his wife, Melania, received special treatment and were allowed to sit in chairs close to the ring. Normally, attendees on the lower levels sit on cushions, called zabutons, and VIPs opt for seats on the second floor designed specifically for them. There was also concern the president's entourage and large security detail would take away seats from Japanese sumo fans.


Former sumo wrestler Akebono didn't last long in his K-1 debut against Bob Sapp.\nThe massive Hawaiian-born wrestler went down in the waning seconds of the first round in the three-round bout before 43,500 at Nagoya Dome.\nSapp, a veteran of K-1, used a series of low kicks to the legs in an attempt to exploit the gimpy knees that forced Akebono to retire from sumo in 2001.\n"Tyson, you're next," Sapp said after the bout. "It's been a year of challenges. Akebono accepted the challenge and now it's your turn."\nK-1 organizers are looking to tap into the lucrative American market and have signed Mike Tyson to a contract, but no fights involving the former heavyweight have been confirmed so far.\n"I thought it was an exciting fight," said Tyson via satellite from Hawaii. "As I expected, Akebono couldn't take the punches. In his previous career in sumo he didn't have to deal with anything like that."\nThe 202cm, 210kg Akebono, who started training for this bout only two months ago, got off to a good start, forcing Sapp into the corner several times with his weight advantage and arm thrusts.\n"I trained hard for two months," said Akebono. "I had no idea how strong Bob was, but tonight I was able to experience his strength."\nAfter being forced to the corner, the 193cm, 156kg Sapp bounced back and knocked Akebono down twice before finishing him off with a flurry that bloodied the nose of the former grand champion, who fell head first to the canvas and was slow getting up.\nSapp, who is tremendously popular in Japan, entered Wednesday's contest with a 4-3 record in K-1 bouts.\nAkebono drew the biggest ovation in the pre-bout introductions. His fans were anxious to see how his prowess in Japan's ancient sport would translate to K-1, a brutal sport that combines elements of karate and kickboxing.\nAkebono, who was the first foreigner to reach sumo's highest rank of grand champion, severed all ties with the sport in November in order to take up a career in K-1. He said after Wednesday's bout that he would like a rematch.\n"I'd like to have a little more time to prepare and if Mr. Sapp is willing to give me another chance I'd like to fight him again," said Akebono.\nIn agreeing to take on Sapp, many felt Akebono was tarnishing the image of a grand champion by fighting in K-1.\nThe title of yokozuna is more than a sports achievement -- it's considered a mark of honor and its holders are held up to very high standards, even after leaving the raised ring.\nWhile the 34-year-old Akebono said his decision to take on Sapp was driven by a desire to compete, many speculated that his motives were financial. Akebono was unable to get the backing of the sumo world to set up his own stable after retiring. Akebono won 11 Emperor's Cups in sumo, one less than fellow Hawaiian Musashimaru, who retired in November.\nIn Japan, K-1 bouts are regularly staged before crowds of up to 70,000. 350c69d7ab


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