As I see lots of articles about Asasyoryu (Mongolian sumo wrestler) recently, I’m gonna write about sumo today.
When I was a kid, I used to love to see sumo on TV. At that time, there was a great champion called Chiyo-no-fuji, but a young wrestler called Taka-no-hana was becoming stronger. It was just the time of generation change. Even after he defeated Chiyo-no-fuji, there was another big wresler called Akebono, (He was such a big and strong guy.) and Taka-no-hana used to be pushed easily. But he finally grew enough to throw that big Akebono, it was such an exciting sport to see. His older brother, Waka-no-hana was a briliant wrestler too.
The wrestler who gained popularity after this brothers was the Asasyoryu. I’m sorry to say this, but I didn’t like him all along. I didn’t know he was Mongolian, it didn’t matter for me, but I just didn’t like his arrogant attitude. It was obvious that he didn’t respect other wrestlers and always showed “I am strong, don’t complain” behaviour, I just couldn’t respect him. (As same as the other Japanese traditional martial arts, sumo is not only about body and power, but also about mental maturity.) After I found that he was Mongolian, I thought maybe it was the reason he didn’t want to follow the Japanese tradition…but he just repeatedly insulted other people.
Also, the brothers were in scandal too, errrrrr oh no I don’t want to see it anymore. Since Taka-no-hana started to show “I-am-dead” look, I had stopped seeing sumo anymore.
I just assume though, maybe Asasyoryu was not such a bad guy like mass media reported (there is always a propaganda), but I still think he deserves this consequence. (*He was forced to retire a few days ago taking blame for the act of violence he did.) Some people say it was a bully and race dicsrimination, but I don’t think it was such an issue. I think, it’s always the same everywhere, when you are in a different country, you wouldn’t be accepted by others unless you show some respect to their culture. Also sumo is a traditional sport. Asasyoryu should have had more strong mind, I suppose. Afterall, I really can’t like his thought like “power is everything.”
Asasyoryu seemed to be optimistic but was forced to retire. On the other hand, Taka-no-hana, who run for the board of directers which was thought to be difficult to join, got enough votes. Looking at his upright face, I think Taka-no-hana just seems to have more strong mind and love for sumo than Asasyoryu did.
I’m really looking forward to his actions to make sumo more fun!
And I hope he can go well with his brother again…