[sumo] Peter Harmer's Post
martina.lunau at googlemail.com
Sat Jun 28 17:12:55 EDT 2008
To say some words about the start of the Tomozuna website … a while ago my
friend and I discussed this english site with the heya. First they couldn't
believe that there are a lot of foreign fans, who would be interested and I
think they were a bit concerned, that it would be a flash in the pan, that
we would start the site and give up after a few months. But in the meantime
the site is nearly 2 years old and now they are convinced that we take it
seriously and they are happy about the fans from overseas. Messages are
translated to Japanese and read by the Ozeki and the other rikishi. And some
of them even look to the english site regularly cause there are more pics on
2008/6/28 Doug <rawhide at ezl.com>:
> I could not agree with Peter more! A couple of years ago ,many of
> here wrote to NHK regarding the bilingual broadcasts.
> From information here, as well as other Sumo forums and resources on the
> internet, I recall the effects of all those letters and emails:
> 1. The NHK people were "stunned" by the extent of the sumo information on
> the web at sites such as sumoforum.net.
> 2. The English language broadcasts were not only retained but
> 3. The broadcasts were expanded by half an hour!
> 4. In a "coincidental" (?) occurrence, Tomozuna-Beya opened and English
> language web site specifically so foreign fans could write to the Rikishi in
> English. Those of you who listen have heard the
> English language NHK announcer say more than once that Ozeki Kaio receives
> & reads the emails sent to him.
> Perhaps these were indeed coincidences. Perhaps my mail or your did not
> matter. But, what TRUE LOVER of Ozumo would be crazy enough to find out by
> not writing in this time? Last time, it was requested by some who do not
> often write such letters that I post a "sample letter" for them to use or
> refer to when composing their own.
> I ask Peter to post the same now, as his writing is obviously excellent.
> All too often things like this do not get done because of difficulty in
> getting started. How about it, Peter? Give those who
> want it, a good start!
> Best Regards,
> Doug DeShong
> Brighton, IL
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