Friday, July 20, 2012

Foreign Friday

Sumo tournament participants
Misawa AFB
Misawa, Japan
Winer 1980
Sumo is to Japan as football is to the United States. To say it is a popular sport is an understatement. Japan is the only country where sumo is practiced professionally, and the successful wrestlers are revered.

The only sumo wrestling I saw was an on-base sumo tournament, which was by no means, a professional match. It was, however, interesting.

8 comments:

  1. I don't understand why wrestling - not the entertainment enterprise version - isn't more popular here. It's fairly straight-forward and (to my mind) is a good mix of strength, balance and strategy...

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  2. I've seen a lot of sports in my life but I've somehow missed sumo wrestling. I guess they don't have any on American TV.

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  3. I am not much of a fan of wrestling, but I imagine it was very interesting to see the matches on base. Great shot, by the way.

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  4. The little one is darling!!!! I am always amazed at this sport during the Olympics!

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  5. That would be so much fun to watch!! I think I would enjoy it more than football!

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  6. Well, Nancy, I went to Oklahoma State University which was a wrestling powerhouse (I know...different kind of wrestling, but still there's the grappling thing.) So I like to watch wrestling, but here's what I always wondered about sumo. Aren't those bitty sumo thongs uncomfortable to the wrestlers? It amazed me that they'd throw each other around, but their "coverings" stayed in place. I wish I knew their trick. I have bra straps which won't stay on my shoulders and panty hose which keep trying to sneak to my knees.

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  7. My question is did you participate in any sumo wrestling while you were in Japan?
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