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    Archive for the ‘sumo’ Category

    McDonald’s sumo chair 山本山仕様

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 September 8日 Tuesday

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    両国国技館に近く、力士も頻繁に訪れる東京都台東区のマクドナルド浅草橋店は6日、一般席の約2倍もの大きさとなる世界で唯一の「大相撲力士専用席」を設置した。モデルには日本人最重量、258キロの十両山本山を起用、実際に石膏で型どりするなど100万円以上の費用をかけた。

    この日、店を訪れた山本山は「自分はちゃんこよりマックです。朝げいこがない時は朝マックだから」と言うほどのマクドナルド好き。以前はその体重でマクドナルドの木製のいすを「木っ端みじんに壊してしまった」というだけに「これがあると助かる」と笑顔で完成したばかりの専用席でハンバーガーを平らげた。

    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/martialarts/090906/mrt0909061757001-n1.htm

    Special $10,000 chair created for sumo wrestlers at the McDonald’s in front of the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena where 3 grand sumo tournaments take place a year.

    In the past, the currently heaviest wrestler Yamamotoyama managed to destroy a McD’s chair when he sat on it, he weighs a hefty 258kg. He says he likes Maccers more than the traditional chanko nabe soup for sumo wrestlers.

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    Kotooshu Wins the Summer Tournament!

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 24日 Saturday

    Kaloyan Mahlyanov, the Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu (琴欧洲), won the Summer Tournament today with the Emperor’s Cup clinching quick win over the always tricky Mongolian sekiwake Ama. Congratulations!

    Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu defeated Mongolian sekiwake Ama to claim the title at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday to enter the history books as the first European wrestler to win an Emperor’s Cup. Kotooshu won his first career title with a record of 13-1 at the 15-day meet at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

    Kotooshu came flying out of the crouch, getting both arms wrapped around Ama’s mawashi before tackling his opponent from behind. ‘‘I have no words to express. I am so happy. I finally did it,’’ said Kotooshu, who took 34 tournaments from his sumo debut to win the Emperor’s Cup. 

    Along the way he won convincingly over both Mongolian yokozunas Hakuho and Asasoryu, but was tripped up by Aminishiki on day 13 when ‘Oshu seemed to have become too nervous. Here’s the video of Kotooshu’s day 11 win over Asashoryu.

    Here’s a visual history of Kotooshu since he entered the world of sumo over 5 years ago.

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    May Sumo Tournament Update

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 19日 Monday

    Though mired in various sad, terrible, and stupid scandals recently, this Ozumo (pro sumo) May tournament has provided some excitement (though I’ve never seen the Kokugikan arena that empty when I took visitors from Canada there on day 3 on Tuesday).

    Ama, one of the smallest sekitori (top division sumo wrestler) at 1.85 m (6’1″) and 126 kg (280 lb), just had an incredible bout yesterday where he did an amazing reversal “ucchari” against the younger, bigger, and stronger Wakanoho from Russia.

    Though Ama, with his 5-3 record, is not in the thick of the championship (sekitori with the best record after 15 days wins), we are finally seeing a resurgence of Kotooshu, the tall and lanky Bulgarian. He looks very confident, steady, and is finally playing to his strengths of using his long reach again, like when he made his way up to Ozeki (a rank just below Yokozuna, the grand champions). He is looking good so far, going undefeated through 8 days of this tournament so far.

    The other contenders for the tournament title are, reassuringly, the two Yokozunas, Asashoryu and Hakuho. It’s funny how things turned out, with Asashoryu basically taking on the role of the heel and Hakuho being a babyface. Sumo isn’t scripted but different personalities brought us this Mongolian Yokozuna era. Asashoryu is 7-1 and Hakuho is 8-0, as the sekitori are preparing for their 9th day’s bouts as I write. Lone Japanese sekitori in the hunt is Toyonoshima, but he’ll start facing tougher opposition as the tournament enters its second week and I don’t think he’ll be able to remain at just 1 loss.

    Interestingly, about 40% of the sekitori are foreign imports, that’s about the same ratio as the NHL and MLB. And sumo has an import restriction, so the top division would be even more dominated by foreigners without this import limit (1 per training stable, some with multiple imports have been grandfathered in). Since becoming a professional sumo wrestler usually requires joining a training stable after graduating from junior high, and the chances of success are very low (as in most pro sports careers), the profession just isn’t attracting young Japanese talent anymore. Instead, we are seeing an influx of Mongolians (from Mongolian wrestling backgrounds) and Eastern Europeans (from amateur wrestling backgrounds). They certainly add interesting flavours to sumo, both in fighting styles and in general. 

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    Sumo in LA

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 February 25日 Monday

    Ozumo (the professional sumo circuit) is making an appearance in LA this June after putting on a performance in Hawaii last year, which was the first time in 14 years for the former sumo wrestler producing island.

    Pretty slick site considering how analogue the sumo world is (many sumo-beya training stables now have their own sites and top ranked sekitori wrestlers have their own blogs, so the ancient world is slowly becoming digitized). Introductory video is nicely produced and contains lots of great scenes often not seen by the public, like all the training sessions. But it seems to overuse the Japanese sumo words so people need some prior knowledge of the sport, otherwise they’ll get lost quickly in all the lingo. Then again judo pretty much exclusively uses Japanese terms and it’s an Olympic sport, so that seems to be what sumo’s aiming at.

    One FYI: about 40 wrestlers in the upper ranks of makuuchi make it to these overseas 2-day tournaments, but they always fly in two separate planes. This is to avert a situation where the world’s top sumo wrestlers are all lost in one plane crash.

    PS: There should be a Mongolian tournament in the works as well, as Mongolians currently dominate the sumo world and Ozumo is watched regularly by Mongolians on TV. Sort of like how Japanese watch their major leaguers on TV broadcasts.

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