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.
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 eggs, daikon, konjac, 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.