Readers have started to ask about a term that I use regarding Shodai, and what seems to be a preferred technique of his. I call this “Wall of Daikon”. it’s a quasi defensive strategy that takes advantage of his giant pasty body, that looks somewhat like an animated daikon radish. That might be enough for some, but the links to daikon run deep with him. Read on…
Shodai’s university is the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, If I recall. I think he has a kesho-mawashi with the school mascot on it somewhere. They have some kind of Daikon odori / matsuri sort of thing – see here:
Try as I might, I can’t divorce myself from thinking these guys are trying to energize Shodai with whatever genki power they can summon from these hapless vegetables that escaped from a green market somewhere in Tokyo.
He’s also really large, broad and kind of pasty, and looks a bit like an anthropomorphic daikon. He has adopted a mostly defensive style of sumo, with the centerpiece being using his large body as an enormous blunt object to crowd, strike and shove his opponents out. I thought about calling it a “Brick wall” tactic, but that was not very Nihon-centric, and also did not quite fit. Then the whole daikon angle came together, and it just seemed to fit.
So when you see me writing about the “Wall of Daikon”, it’s Shodai executing his defensive, body-centric sumo strategy well.
Hope that helps.
Wait, what? the picture was not enough? Ok, how about some video?