[sumo] More On Asashoryu Incident
Scott M. Kahn
smk1 at columbia.edu
Fri Jan 29 15:14:59 EST 2010
We've discussed the xenophobic tendencies of the Kyokai here ad
naseum, especially as it pertains to Asa.
Remember, Asa has made it clear his post-sumo future extends beyond
sumo. His heart belongs to Mongolia. On the other hand, Hakuho is
married to a Japanese woman, and will probably remain in the Kyokai.
So, Asa has no future career with the Kyokai as he will not become a
Japanese citizen, whereas Hakuho probably will so that he can continue
post retirement within the Kyokai.
I personally think Takamisakari's antics are way more mocking of sumo
than any of Asa's, yet he is celebrated. Intimidation is a "right"
for Yokozuna- other Yokozuna in the past developed their own
intimidating styles, and Hakuho has been known to give an extra push
or two, along with his seemingly never-ending stare downs.
(If you noticed, Asa offered a hand when Hakuho catapulted out of the
ring vs. Kaio this past tournament)
Quoting Herman Nienhuis <herman at bhnienhuis.nl>:
> Ok, as I am new to this mailing list, maybe I mention things that have
> been discussed here before. But really, isn't Asashoryu's behaviour on
> the dohyo very un-Yokozuna like? That extra push he needs to deliver
> for instance after he has already won a bout isn't that very
> I agree, sometimes it feels like there's a somewhat anti gaijin thing
> going on amongst the shimpan when one really thinks that there's going
> to be a monoii but there isn't and even in the replay you can see that
> they should have had one.
> But let's face is, Hakuho is a Mongolian too and he is a true
> gentleman on the dohyo, made of real Yokozuna stuf!
> I think we could do without Asa.
> (married to a Japanese and watching sumo for over 20 years).
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