Nowadays, a great number of foreigners are living in Japan and some are passionate about telling how Japan is to the outside world. Since you are reading this post perhaps you are following a few Japan related blogs already. If you are tired of reading same topic again and again, and looking for something original, try foreign born Sumo wrestlers’ blogs. There are about 50 foreign born Sumo wrestlers, who put themselves in very strict unique closed Sumo society, participating in Japan. I found 2 blogs, written in Japanese, of active foreign born Sumo wrestlers. Reading their blogs may help you to understand unveiling Sumo culture and it’s society.
First foreign born Sumo wrestler’s blog is by Ozeki Kotoōshū (大関 琴欧洲) who is from Bulgaria, which is one of a few European countries which produced Sumo wrestlers. By the way, Ozeki is the rank. It’s the second best Sumo rank behind Yokozuna. Kotoōshū is his Sumo name. We call the rank first then wrestler’s Sumo name. He uses a lot of Hiragana and simple sentences, so even your Japanese is not very good maybe you can understand his blog. His latest blog post which updated on June 21st is about voluntary food serving in Ishinomaki, the disaster hit area. He posted the pictures of he was barbecuing with local people.
Next blog is by Ozeki Harumafuji(大関 日馬富士) who is from Mongolia, which currently has most foreign born Sumo wrestlers in Japan. His Japanese writing is very impressive. Maybe better than my Japanese. His latest post is about his visit in Ofunato and Rikuzentakaka in Iwate prefecture, also the disaster hit areas. He went there to serve chankonabe, Japanese style stew commonly eaten in vast quantity by Sumo wrestlers, and cheer up survivors. He wrote once he visited the areas he realized that how terrible tsunami was.
“chankonabe” from wikipedia
I read their other posts, which both Sumo wrestlers mainly wrote about the earthquake and disaster related topics, like a fundraising in front of Shibuya station, since March 11th. You can see March 11th disaster is also affecting Sumo wrestlers. The other thing you may notice is they wear traditional Japanese clothing such as hakama and yukata. Let’s see what other interesting things you can find reading their blogs.
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