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10 February 2010 @ 01:30 pm
The lost potential and ill-disposed tradition  
As many of sumo fans worldwide, I'm still trying to recover from the abrupt retirement of Asashoryu, the grand champion who won the championship in January tournament just two weeks ago. While the media kept blaming his own wrongdoing and relating to the standpoint of his lacking hinkaku(dignity) as a top-ranker of Japanese national sport in his entire career,  they seemingly failed to capture how enormous his contribution to the history of sumo was, how sincerely he devoted to the sport(at least when sober), and how huge the loss of this absolute talent of our age will be.

I'm still sorting out my thoughts about this matter, though I've talked quite a lot these days with my fellow sumo fans in Twitter which was flooded with laments&bawlings of Japanese fans since Feb.4. Anyway, here I'm pasting my favorite Asashoryu video from this January tournament: Baruto(left)-Asashoryu(right) match on Jan.20 2010.

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ext_70423 on July 24th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
I feel like you
There was a very interesting discussion about this in the English language Sumo list[1]. Personally, I wish there could have been a better way to help Asa when he started having his troubles. He had the potential to win 40 or 50 Yusho.

[1] See http://www.webtrek.com/sumo/