Takamiyama – Archive News

Thanks to twitter user ElZeno for digging up this gem. Back in the 1980’s, Australia’s version of the news magazine show “60 Minutes” took a look at the world of sumo through the lens of Hawaiian born Jesse James Kuhaulua, better known to the sumo world as Takamiyama.  A great fascinating view of the sumo world 40 years ago. Note footage from the old Kokugikan!

13 thoughts on “Takamiyama – Archive News

  1. Reporter Ian Leslie. What a find! I’d say this was probably recorded while I was living in Japan that’s why I don’t recall ever seeing it. Just fabulous! Still adore Jesse 🧡🧡

  2. I had to google to see how well the “encouragement” worked in the end for Mitoizumi. Turns out, he ended up getting to sekiwake and won the Nagoya Basho in 1992.

  3. Was that Chiyonofuji in the match at the 5:40 mark in the lighter blue mawashi? The body looks right, but I didn’t see a clear view of his face.
    Really cool find.

      • Does anyone have any other recommendations for good books on Sumo in English? I would really appreciate any advice from the knowledgable readership of Tachiai.org!

  4. Doubly fascinating look back into the past – both at Sumo in the 80’s but also a view of what now seems the totally dated T.V. conventions/style of the 80’s. Two things struck me most:
    (i) Takamiyama’s voice kind of sounds a lot like Brando in the Godfather at times. And in fact I would guess that Brando’s weight in the early 80’s was comparable to a decent-sized sekitori.
    (ii) To modern eyes, that advert with the young boy looks totally, utterly inappropriate! ‘The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.’

  5. Abi Fan, there are a lot of good books on Sumo but Discover Sumo: Stories from Yobidashi Hideo is a recent publication and really covers a lot. The writing style is stark but Hideo is a Yobidashi after all. Excellent detail over all.

  6. I have a signed copy of the Takamiyama book which I treasure. I started watching sumo while living on Ohau at age 12 in 1971. Black and White TV and the NHK feed in Japanese….it was the coolest thing ever!

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