For those in Japan, mark your calendars for Saturday at 1:30pm on BSFuji TV. Asahiyama-oyakata will join Karahashi Yumi to discuss sumo. Though there will be no Natsu Basho, there is clearly A LOT to discuss, including the results of Haru, Asanoyama’s Ozeki promotion and the pandemic’s impact.
Yes, it’s that time again! With the Haru Basho only days away, NHK World Japan is streaming their trademark Grand Sumo Preview show. Always worth the watch (my only knock is that it’s fairly short), it looks like we get an inside look at the yobidashi this time, which I am sure I will enjoy.
The show airs at 13:30 JST, and every 6 hours following that. So catch it on the NHK World Japan app, via a web browser, or wait for it to become watchable on demand about a day following.
NHK World Japan posted an overview of Kisenosato’s sumo career and his retirement ceremony to YouTube. While fans will recall that we had some audience-recorded video earlier, this is a nice, professional cut of the events that includes behind the scenes / not seen footage.
Raise your hands if you wish you had a chance to try sumo! Hiroshima University’s sumo club is putting on sumo events that Tachiai readers may be interested in. On October 16, they are holding a tournament for international students and then on the 29th they are holding one open to everyone. So often, we just read about sumo. Here’s your chance to DO IT.
There will be separate male and female sections. Bring a shirt, shorts and a towel! There will be prizes for top wrestlers. If you don’t want to wrestle and just want to watch, it sounds like this will be a great opportunity to see the next generation of university competitors!
If you’re following the Jungyo dates and schedule, the event on the 29th is two days after the Jungyo’s final date in Hiroshima. For those of you in Western Japan, that sounds like an amazing few days. The final three days of the tour are in different areas of Hiroshima prefecture. It’s quite the opportunity to see your favorite wrestlers (unless your favorite is on the kyujo list) and then actually compete!
If you do go, and you’re interested in writing up your experience for a guest post on Tachiai, let me know. If you have more questions about the event, reach out to the Hiroshima Daigaku Sumo Bu ＠hirodaisumou as in the Tweets above. I wish we had this opportunity 15 years ago in Tokyo! I think this is nearer Bruce’s old stomping grounds but I would have thumbed a ride from Tokyo to give it a try. Good luck!