People always hurry out of the arena the second the yokozuna drops his opponent to the ground (they stay a bit longer to toss their zabuton - cushions - into the dohyo if he loses) which is a shame because the yumitori-shiki is really a spectacular performance not to be missed
Kyushu Basho - Day 4 November 14th 2007 For those of you who don't like sumo; tough luck - we're turning up the temperature a couple of degrees today, so you might as well stop reading and hit the next journal link a few times... I started out a little bit earlier this morning (which translates to approximately 1 pm...) with the intent of having a "chance encounter" with some rikishi on the way to the arena. I had noticed a few lower ra ... read more
Asia » Japan » Fukuoka » Fukuoka In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
Meh... readers beware. I originally started this log to keep my mother up to date during a longer trip, but I quickly realized I wasn't about to waste my precious time off by sitting in some shady Internet café updating a blog nobody will read anyway. Nowadays it is more of a personal nostalgia and ego thing, but by all means, feel free to enjoy the speculations and hybris which will no doubt get reality checked soon enough.
I will add older travel logs as time permits.... full info