[sumo] Tokitsukaze beya rikishi dies
joe_kuroda at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 29 13:59:03 EDT 2007
--- Achim Pawelczyk <sumo at achimp.de> wrote:
> The death of Tokitaizan can't be anything else but
> gravely damaging to
> Ozumo's popularity among young Japanese fans and
> rikishi hopefuls.
Gravely damaging to Ozumo's popularity? I hardly think
so. I don't want to make light of a death of someone
so young but most people can't even name one Makushita
rikishi let alone a Jonokuchi.
Fans still watch Ozumo and kids still join Ozumo.
However tragic this incident is, Ozumo won't change
much just because of one incident like this.
Recruits died in a heya previously but not much has
happened. Oyakata suffered a crippiling illness or
some died like Hatachiyama recently but things go on
just like always.
Ostensively they will make some type of small gesture
but that's just about all.
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