Kokonoe-beya Introduces New Recruit

Kochi is a wonderful place. In the future, I will post about my incredible visit to Kochi. It’s the home of Sakamoto Ryoma, one of Japan’s Meiji Restoration heroes. He’s the founder of a company that became Mitsubishi. He was also deeply involved with Katsu Kaishu in creating the first Japanese Navy. Today, Kochi is just beautiful. The best taxi driver in the world is there. He took me on a great tour of the city and then the next day brought a fresh fish to us at our hotel. Shimanto gawa is in Kochi prefecture and is one of the most beautiful rivers in Japan. There’s an Anpanman train that takes you around the prefecture. It’s also the home of Tochiozan.

So, I’m always happy to see sumo wrestlers from there. Former yokozuna Chiyonofuji, and current master of the Kokonoe stable, introduced a new wrestler to his stable yesterday. He’s a university sumo champion from Nippon Sport Science University. Several articles mentioned the new recruit. With the introduction of Brodi Henderson from Canada, there’s a lot to keep an eye on in the lower divisions come May.

Bottom line: TRAVEL TO KOCHI. It’s wonderful.


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