Wrasslin' for Pride!

Well the New Year's Tournament was a bit anti-climactic as Yokozuna Asashoryo P1010222.JPGconvincingly clinched the Title (along with the Emperors Cup) on the second-to-last day thus making the finale with rival Hakuho a strictly academic exercise.

Yes, Asa sauntered into the ring with the Cup tucked firmly in his back pocket and Hakuho had exactly zero chances for ultimate victory so this one was strictly for Mongolian Pride and to take the measure of a man.

If we can't get along.....then let's get it ON!

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Baby!
It was definitely for Pride but check that Phat-Ass knot that Hakuho walked off with in the end.
That wasn't no thank-you notes or coupons in them envelopes, Kid...
that's Cash Money and it ain't funny!

To the Victor belong the spoils!
posted by Billy at 13:46 | Kyoto (Japan)


Clash of the Titans

Well Sumo Fans, Day 11 in Tokyo did not disappoint!


Day 10 found the massive (weighing in at 188 kgs. or 414 lbs. for Westerners) Estonian and Gentle Giant Baruto stunning Yokozuna Hakuho and sending him to his 1st setback of the Tourney setting up a much anticipated showdown with the other Yokozuna (there are currently only 2) yesterday.

It was All-Around B-Boy Asashoryu's chance to take on the "Baby Huey" Behemoth and Asa needed a victory to keep pace with Hakuho at 10-1 each.
Baruto was intent on keeping pace himself and so the crowd in Tokyo was buzzing with showdown excitement.

Asa had the fire in his eyes and Baby Huey had his work cut out for him.

Here comes the BOOM!

Say what you will about Asashoryu (and most J-Sumo fans have a lot to say) but Brother, he is rough, tough and hard to bluff!

And am I the only one who thinks he would make a great Bond Villain Henchman?

He's got Charisma!
posted by Billy at 13:58 | Kyoto (Japan)


Twenty-Ten Sunshine!

Yesterday (Tues.) was a suprisingly lovely day around these K-Town parts- bright, sunshiney and finally-not-so-desperately cold, so I decided to hike up Mt. Daimonji and celebrate this great gift of January Solar goodness.

The view from the bottom

I was not alone in my celebration.

If you get the chance please take advantage of this almost accommodating climb as it is generally easy for all ages. For Westerners I guarantee that you will be blissfully struck by the outright, open and uncommonly enthusiatic friendliness of everyone you meet going up or down.
Yes, it may be the one and only time of your life in J-Land when perfect strangers actually look directly into your eyes, actually smile, and then proceed to greet you with a hale and hearty-


Don't be startled and please respond because I've been up and down this Mountain about 6 times now and, trust me, this genuinely friendly greeting is the very warm and generous gift given to one and all as well as the very proper Daimonji-Yama etiquette and a wholesome boost of fraternal energy to help you shake a leg!

Along with the peace, calm, fresh air and Mother Nature's goodness it's a bargain at the price.
Yen- 0.

This is the semi-official start of your hike so if you make it to this point you're in the right place!

Yes, I can cheerfully announce that smiles abound on this invigorating trek and I'm not sure if it's the people or the place but I was mighty glad to be on top and I know I wasn't the only one.

Quick shot from the top (and please don't mind the ugly guy talking, I couldn't get him to go away but.....No charge for the music!)

posted by Billy at 14:59 | Kyoto (Japan)


Happy New Year Sumo!

In case you hadn't noticed,

IT'S 2010!


And in J-Land that means many things of course but one of the more enjoyable of this New Year's gifts is the Grand Sumo Tournament currently rocking Tokyo's (sorry K-Fans) Ryogoku Kokugikan for the next furious 14 days of single combat throwdowns.

Day One started off with a BANG as all the Ozeki (Top Ranked) Wrestlers dominated their opponents, including a devastating display of power by Kotooshu, before the 2 Yokozuna, the charismatic, controversial Asashoryu and the stoic, rock-solid Hakuho, entered the sacred circle and gave the sell-out crowd, including the Emperor and his Main Lady, their money's worth.

Asa was just a little bit too much Man for the willing but ill-equipped Kotoshogiku and flipped him overboard after a brief struggle in the center of the ring.

Hakuho, on the other hand, ran into a tough scrap (after one false start) with the perhaps suprisingly feisty Kakuryu.

Stay tuned 'cuz this is just the beginning.....
posted by Billy at 11:15 | Kyoto (Japan)




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