A great video above of Ura’s day 10 match against Toyohibiki. Some things about this that make me smile:
- Note that Ura has his own approach / style to the typical events that take place once both rikishi enter the ring. Washcloth? Nah, thanks. Salt? Just a pinch. Staring and glaring? What’s the problem here jumbo?
- Ura is a class act. Please note how far he goes to act like he was raised with manners and respect. The bows, the interaction with the ushers, all of it.
- He genuinely seems to be having fun. Much like Amakaze, yes it’s competitive, yes it’s a profession, but these guys seem to just enjoy the match a bit more than most. It’s as if they would wrestle if they had nothing else to do on an afternoon.
This really makes me very optimistic about the future of Sumo.