Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sumo Obsession

My favorite Sumo rikishi ( wrestler) isn't doing well this tournament. Kotooshu is now 5-2, which still means he's doing well enough, but compared with his last tournament, he's not doing so well. There is a week left in the tournament, so I'll still keep up hope, and watch tv religiously every night.

Who would have thought that the sports bug would bite me? A few of you already know the devotion with which I watch Sumo already, and you hope it is a phase I will soon outgrow. However, my Sumo obsession has helped me learn Japanese: "Sumo rikishi" was on our vocabulary list. Also, Sumo has allowed me to develop my interests independent of my housemates and other American friends here. I am also learning Japanese tradition, religious rites and culture in my study of Sumo. In addition, if I can save the money, attending the tournament in January is a goal of mine. It is a good goal to have as it will encourage both independence and Japanese-langauge use (as I am suspecting none of my American friends will be interested in attending with me, because I am planning to sit as close to the ring as my misisonary salary will let me!

In the meantime, I will follow the Kyushu Tournament, and cheer on Kotooshu. And study Japanese. Because in January, I'm going to need it!

4 comments:

T said...

You crack me up! Who would have ever thought that you would get into sumo wrestling in Japan. Miss you lots. Take care!

Jenni said...

Sumo wrestling?! Lol, yeah, you don't seem like the sumo fan type. :P
~imoto

Jenni said...

Happy Turkey Day!
~imoto

Uncle Kirk said...

Never in my life would I'd of thought you would be interested in this. It just goes to show you that you can really never know a person. Enjoy your interest, maybe one day you can explain it to me
`Uncle Kirk