[sumo] (Sort of sumo) Unlikely scene in Ryogoku
jz8d-smmn at asahi-net.or.jp
Sun Feb 19 06:09:46 EST 2006
Unlikely scene in Ryogoku (but even more unlikely anywhere else):
A week or two ago, I saw approaching in the distance a large figure clad in
bright red, and wheeling something indistinguishable.
As he got nearer it proved to be Dewanoumi-beya's yoyo rikishi Kinkaiyama
in a thin scarlet kimono (no overcoat or anything, but obviously
comfortable with his own central heating) taking the baby for a walk in one
of these currently-fashionable heavy-duty strollers. The baby was at the
Dewanoumi party at the end of the January basho, being thoroughly spoilt by
the wives and daughters of two or three oyakata. Primed by the conversation
of these ladies, in the street encounter I observed that the baby was the
image of his dad -- whereat the sage child gave me a great big gummy smile.
Once he's got a mouthful of teeth he will, indeed, be the spitting image,
as Kim-chan's great big smile has been his trademark since he was a
shin-deshi. In close-to-zero temperatures I felt a little warmer myself
after the encounter.
What's really unusual about this is that, until this generation, young
Japanese fathers wouldn't be seen dead helping to care for their children.
This is in contrast to the Mongolians -- even pretty rough types -- who
will automatically take a share in carrying a baby around or keeping a
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