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May 08, 2007


The Fat Lady Sings

You know - I got to really enjoy Sumo wrestling when I was living in Japan. At the time, the most famous wrestler was a guy named Chiyonofuji. Chiyonofuji was and still is considered to be one of the greatest Sumo wrestlers Japan has ever produced. Physically, he was the antithesis of what a Sumo wrestler is supposed to be - small, slender, powerfully built - he dominated a sport populated by athletes commonly weighting in at 500-600 pounds. His nickname was 'The Wolf' – and it suited him. Handsome, charismatic - Chiyonofuji achieved yokozuna (grand champion) status younger than anyone – and kept it far longer. I was, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, a huge fan (along with about 100 million Japanese!). He has his own stable of wrestlers now – including some champions (Chiyotaikai, Chiyotenzan). Pity that Sumo never really caught on over here. I think it’s the formal nature of the sport; that and the fact that the participants don’t fit the American athletic ideal – though Chiyonofuji certainly did. He was built more like an Olympic wrestler (which he was at one time). Anyway – great picture Sumo! Japanese culture can really be a mystery at times!


I've not personally seen a live match...just the generic movie and TV stuff we get here in the US. "Fat Bastard" from the Austin Powers movies was a cutie though.


Great picture:) I agree that it is healthy for babies to cry... within reason.

In a crying contest, I could be a contender!


If I were a baby, I wouldn't know whether to laugh or cry! As an adult, I feel the same! Cheers.

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