I don’t know the particulars here, but what I do know is that the above video depicts one big sumo guy slamming into another sumo guy, the injured sumo guy convulsing on the ground and then stumbling in a very pronounced way during his failed attempts to get back on his feet, and that it’s hard to watch.
More than a hundred infants were on hand at Tokyo’s Irugi Shrine yesterday, taking part in an ancient ritual designed to ensure babies’ health. The secret? Use sumo wrestlers to get them bawling their eyes out.
Yokozuna is the highest rank in sumo, but over the past 250 years, the sumo wrestlers who've reached the title have gotten younger, and in the last few years, less Japanese.
I remember one summer, when I was 10 or 11, I spent a day at home watching sumo wrestling on ESPN2. I came away from the experience thinking that sumo wrestling was boring and dumb. I would not have been so dismissive if some shit like this had gone down.