[sumo] Classic sumo
mikekchar at gmail.com
Tue Jun 24 09:35:21 EDT 2008
On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 12:36 PM, Lon Howard <itsulon at wavecable.com> wrote:
> For this reason, it may be said of most foreign fans that they found sumo -
> sumo didn't find them.
Interestingly, I think I'm an exception. My first introduction to sumo was
during a jungyo to London in 1992 (I think...). I was living there at the
time. I turned on the television and there it was. I sat and watched
the whole thing, absolutely glued to the set.
At the time I had no interest in either Japanese culture, nor martial arts.
For about 10 years I never saw it again. I had no idea how I could
see it or follow it. But it must have triggered something in me because
I eventually started learning Japanese martial arts. And then I started
learning the Japanese language.
To help with my language studies, I ordered TV Japan. And while
it was being set up (I kid you not) -- there it was. A sumo broadcast
right in my living room.
Now I'm actually living in Japan :-) Somehow sumo didn't just find me.
It stalked me, hunted me down, grabbed me by the mawashi and
didn't let go! What would I be doing now if not for a chance encounter
with sumo in London England of all places...
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