The Grand Sumo Tournament

February 10, 2015

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Such a treat to be invited to the New Year Grand Sumo tournament in Ryogkoku.

 I used to watch Sumo with my grand parents on TV but never been to a live Sumo before.

For this tournament, not only Yokozuna Hakuho secured sole ownership of the all-time record with his 33rd win, he finished with perfect record of undefeated 15-0 mark.

Also I was very touched by what he said in his interview after the ceremony.

Hakuho: “Without all the support and the other wrestlers I faced, I couldn’t get this result. And behind every strong man there is a smart woman — my wife. Since being promoted to yokozuna she has been there for me.”

These comments are pretty rare coming from traditional Japanese or any other Asian men. I think…

It shows his caliber as a great Yokozuna, a man and husband.

とてもラッキーなことに日本に一時帰国中、2015年大相撲初場所の千秋楽にお友達が招待してくれました。

昔、おばあちゃんとおじいちゃんとよく一緒にテレビで観ていたけれど、生でちゃんと大相撲観戦するのはこれが初めて。

しかも、今場所で横綱白鵬はなんと史上最多33度目の優勝を果たすことに! しかも全勝優勝。

そのあとのインタビューが、また横綱白鵬の器の大きさと素晴らしい人格を物語るもので、これまた感動。

「まあバカかと言われるかもしれませんが、強い男の裏には賢い女性がいると。そんな意味で、横綱昇進したときに『精神一到』を教えてくれた賢い奥さんに感謝したいです。」

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After enjoying traditional national sports of Japan, we went to eat Oden(*) at Otafuku in Asakusa.

Daikon radish soaked in a good dashi broth was simply amazing! Also to my surprise they had some fresh sashimi and oysters.

Aside from the food, I really like the retro, vintage vibe and the name of the restaurant.

「大多福」means Grand, Plenty, Fortune.

Wishing you plenty of grand fortunes for every single one of you out there!

*Wikipedia:  Oden (おでん?) is a Japanese winter dish consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggsdaikonkonjac, and processed fishcakes stewed in a light, soy-flavoured dashi broth. Ingredients vary according to region and between each household. Karashi is often used as a condiment.

素晴らしい国技を堪能したあとは、おでんを食べに浅草の大多福へ。

お出汁にしみた大根がシンプルで美味しかった〜。そして以外(?)にもお刺身や牡蠣も新鮮で美味しかった。

お味もさることながら、お店のレトロな雰囲気と素敵な店名がなんともオツですな。

今年もみなさんにとって多くの福が来ますように〜‼︎

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