Does shinto permit instant replay?
July 20, 2012 10:44 PM Subscribe
posted by Make Way for Ducklings! (24 comments total)
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Sumo, the Japanese martial art that doesn't have a class at your local gym! Perhaps better known from Freakonomics
than ESPN 5, the sport continues to draw crowds and contenders, an odd number of whom are from Eastern Europe, and one of whom
is just barely over 200 pounds. Never seen it before?
Sumo is simple in theory. Two rikishi step into a ring, and the first one to step out or touch the ground loses. Despite this, there are scores of different kimarite
(finishing techniques) that one can use to land one's opponent. This SA thread
goes into great detail about the ins and outs - places to watch, top champions, scandal, and the pay (not so great).
(also in the video above) is one of quite a number of Eastern Europeans who have found their way into the ring. One third of sumo's ozeki (second highest ranked rikishi) are from the former Bloc. Bloggers discuss
Up late? The last two days of the Nagoya basho
(tournament) are streaming online
, right now. Be prepared for a lot of salt throwing in the upper divisions.