[sumo] 1895 newspaper article
jdouglas at nyc.rr.com
jdouglas at nyc.rr.com
Sun Aug 7 19:36:15 EDT 2011
I hate to be scientific but all of this is proof positive that Takamisakari is a Time traveller who got flipped from some alien planet, to edo period sumo and then got kicked into the present.
Now I wonder what he really looks like. He still hasn't gotten the moves right, has he.
That article was amazing - It was like I was listening to the match on the radio. Things really haven't changed much. But an attendance of 10.000? Is that ever possible?
One could only feel a fondness for these oddly described fellows.
---- "Scott M. Kahn" <smk1 at columbia.edu> wrote:
> These are priceless accounts, thanks, Katarina. The chooks could
> probably also do better than some Kyokai members...
> Could Takamisakari have been reincarnated from 1895?
> Apart from the poles at the corners of the dohyo, it is a tribute to
> sumo heritage that these historic accounts can describe much of what
> we have the luxury of viewing online. Reading between the lines,
> patronage of sekitori (perhaps in return for their protective
> services?) was a way for them to supplement their incomes. And,
> internal infighting over control of the inner workings seems to have
> been a rule, rather than an exception. Glad to read from Moti's
> reports that the Kyokai members are living up to my prediction, not
> willing to sacrifice share ownership without a bitter fight to the
> end. Nothing different from what these historical accounts attest to,
> as this is arguably the most important part of sumo heritage,
> internally. Without Kyokai shares, all we would have left is, ahem,
> sumo heritage...
> Quoting sumorina at mac.com:
> > Scott, this is a great article too. Very interesting and amusing.
> > I enjoyed the descriptions of wrestlers gulping down great swallows
> > of water and spraying themselves by spouting it over their "cream
> > coloured bodies" - Moby Dick comes to mind instantly - and pounding
> > their naked chests with their fists - Gorillas in the Mist?
> > My favourite is the description of the umpire, "He screeches out as
> > though he had the colic and was screaming with pain, but his shrill
> > cries penetrate to every corner of the circus, and he is a man of
> > great importance and long training."
> > It reminds me of when I invited my country cousins to the sumo in
> > Melbourne when Ozumo came to Australia. They enjoyed it very much
> > but the next day my cousin, Mary, proclaimed that she wasn't too
> > keen on the ring announcers. She had, she said, chooks (Aussie
> > lingo for 'chickens') at home that that sounded better than that!
> > Thanks Scott, a most enjoyable read.
> > Katrina
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