It’s about time Andy got around to writing about last weekend’s marquee event, isn’t it? I do want to point people to Hiro’s special Hakuho edition of Sumo Prime Time. I liked that he interviewed a lot of fans who were at the retirement ceremony. It’s great to watch sumo events live, and in person, but it’s even better when you get to enjoy the company of fellow fans. And sometimes you actually get to see the wrestlers up close. Hakuho has always been devoted to his fans, and fan service is a driving force behind the events put on by the Sumo Kyokai.
You may remember Andrew Blum from Sydney, Australia as our recent BuySumoTickets contest winner. When I gave him the good news of his win, he shared more details of his current trip to Japan where he attended this retirement ceremony.
Above are a few of the pictures he has to go with the memories that will last a lifetime. On the left, we have him with Ochiai, fresh off his historic makushita yusho. He will be wrestling in Juryo in March. Now, Andrew will get to see him in May. Joining them was Kawazoe, another of Miyagino’s top recent recruits. Then, on the right, Andrew was lucky to catch up with Miyagino okami-san. He also got to see former Ikioi and many others.
I’m glad to see fans making it back over to Japan, and filling seats at Kokugikan!