[sumo] Yubari basho

John Racine gaijira at ace.ocn.ne.jp
Fri Jun 8 02:26:03 EDT 2007

It really is a sad sorry.  And it dominated the news here for weeks when the
story first broke.

Fortunately, the news from the last couple of months has been about Yubari's
volunteerism and do-it-yourself spirit.  So many individuals and companies
have agreed to take on large responsibilities (usually at a loss) just to
keep the city's show on the road.  

One (of many) really nice stories was how the local high school with a
budget of next to nothing, was able to preserve their graduation ceremony
when the kids along with local volunteers did-it-themselves.  I'm sure it
was extra special for the graduates as they had taken control of their own

Ozumo going there is just one of the many positive things helping Yubari to
get through these difficult times.

John Racine

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The situation in Yubari is really tragic. It is a beautiful area. I ran a
couple road races there when I lived in Chitose. Also did a XC ski race. The
country is beautiful summer and winter. I would love to live there, but at
my age, I might be considered one of the elderly who needs all those
services :-)
I hope something can be done to solve the financial problems there.


-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: Achim Pawelczyk <sumo at achimp.de> 

> The basho to help the bankrupt city of Yubari (Hokkaido) will be held 
> there on August the 8th (Asahi). 
> NHK had reported on that a while ago. 
> The sumo kyokai officials had decided to give free tickets to the 
> elderly citizens of Yubari, for whom the severe cut down of social 
> services is especially hard. 
> -- 
> Akinomaki 
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