Monthly Archives: July 2010

May 2010 Natsu Basho Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament

My quest to attend all three sumo tournaments in Tokyo continues.  On May 17, 2010, I attended Day 9 of the spring tournament in Tokyo at the Ryogoku Kokugikan.  It’s been nearly 2 months since then, but it’s about time I post these pictures.  Today is the first day of the Nagoya tournament, so this is a good time.

A lot has happened in sumo this year.  Asashoryu retired after the January tournament because of yet another scandal.  More recently is the baseball gambling scandal which has forced the retirement of Ozeki Kotomitsuki and Otake-oyakata of the Otake Beya (or stable).  The NHK (Japan’s public TV station) is not broadcasting the Nagoya tournament because of the scandal.  There are many other sumo wrestlers who are suspended for this month’s tournament and are under house arrest.

Anyway, here is the May tournament’s pictures.  First, we start with a quick shot of a lower division match, then the entrance ceremonies of the top 2 divisions.

Makushita match

This is a lower division Makushita match.

Juryo East entrance ceremony

This is the entrance ceremony for Juryo division East.

Juryo West entrance ceremony

This is the entrance ceremony for Juryo division West.

Makuuchi East entrance ceremony

Here's the top division Makuuchi East entrance ceremony.

Makuuchi West entrance ceremony

And here is the top division Makuuchi West entrance ceremony.

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

Here is Yokozuna Hakuho's entrance ceremony.

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

And more Hakuho!

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

Now Hakuho has a leg up.

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

Hakuho is really low now.

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

Hakuho has his leg up again.

Now on to the top matches of the Makuuchi division.  I’ve limited the pictures to Sekiwake matches and up.  Sorry, no Takamisakari!

Kisenosato vs. Aminishiki

This is a bout between the two Sekiwake rikishi, Kisenosato (left) and Aminishiki (right).

Kotomitsuki vs. Tochiozan

This match is between the now retired Ozeki Kotomitsuki (left) and Komusubi Tochiozan (right).

Asasekiryu vs. Kotooshu

This is the match between Maegashira 4 Asasekiryu (left) and Ozeki Kotooshu (right).

Harumafuji vs. Wakanosato

This is the match between Ozeki Harumafuji (left) and Maegashira 3 Wakanosato (right).

Baruto vs. Kaio

This match is between new Ozeki Baruto (left) and Ozeki Kaio (right).

Hakuho vs. Kakuryu

Finally, this match is between Yokozuna Hakuho (left) and Maegashira 3 Kakuryu (right).

Hakuho vs. Kakuryu - sponsors

These are the sponsors for the match between Hakuho and Kakuryu. See McDonald's?

Hakuho vs. Kakuryu

More preparations before the match starts.

Hakuho vs. Kakuryu

A wide shot of the arena just before the final match started.

I enjoyed this tournament more than the January tournament.  I had a good view, and no large-headed American was in front of me!  I had some good conversation with the people sitting on either side of me, although it was all very simple Japanese.  I’m looking forward to the September tournament!  And now, some final pictures outside the Kokugikan.

Banners outside Kokugikan

Here are some colourful banners outside the Kokugikan.

Kokugikan main entrance

Lots of people are leaving the Kokugikan after the day's matches.

Outside the Kokugikan

Look at all the people going toward Ryogoku station.

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Picture of the Week Bonus – Sunset

I took this picture a couple days ago after I ate dinner. Nice sunset!

Sunset over Shin-Sugita

After eating by Shin-Sugita station, I saw this sunset.

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Picture of the Week 9 – Moving Walkway

From Sakuragicho Station to Landmark Tower, there’s a long moving walkway to make your walk easier. This picture was taken from the end nearest the station.

Moving walkway at Sakuragicho

That's a long moving walkway at Sakuragicho.

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Food I can’t get enough of in Japan

A couple days ago, I made a post about problems I had with food in Japan.  These are mostly pretty minor issues of mine.  Honestly, I love the food in Japan.  There are some foods and restaurants that I love, and always want to eat.  So, here is what I love.

Sushi and sashimi. Before I came to Japan, I’d already had sushi.  It’s quite popular in Canada.  However, I hadn’t tried sashimi yet.  Well, the sushi in Japan is much better than Canada’s sushi.  My favourites are salmon, tuna (maguro and toro) and shrimp for sushi, while I love salmon and tuna for sashimi.

Shrimp tempura. For a while, I kept eating this 2 or 3 times a week.  However, it is expensive, so I’ve tried limiting how often I eat it.  But it is so delicious!  It’s great stuff!

Tonkatsu and chicken katsu. There are a few varieties of this.  Basically, it’s pork cutlets and chicken cutlets.  It’s breaded and deep fried pork or chicken, served with a great sauce.  This food isn’t unique to Japan, as pork and chicken cutlets can be bought frozen in supermarkets in Canada.  But they are a bit different, with a more Japanese flavour in Japan.

Ramen. It’s easy to get instant ramen or Cup Noodle in Canada.  It’s a staple food for university students.  It’s cheap and easy.  However, I rarely eat the instant variety now.  I eat the real thing, freshly made.  My favourite is Chuuka Chaashuumen.  It’s Chinese flavoured ramen with sliced pork.  Very good!

Wasabeef. It’s wasabi and beef flavoured potato chips!  It has that wasabi kick to it.  One of my favourite flavours of potato chips.

Pepper Lunch. This is a restaurant that serves uncooked steak and rice dishes on a hot iron plate.  You basically cook it yourself, and put as much sauce on it as you want.  Great stuff!  Check out the menu here (Japanese only).

Curry House CoCo Ichibanya. So much variety in this restaurant!  You can have any combination of ingredients in your curry rice, including tonkatsu, shrimp, crispy chicken, spinach, sausage, cheese, etc.  You can choose which kind of curry sauce you want (pork, beef, hash and rice based) and the spicy level.  Level 1 is spicy enough for me.  Level 2, I haven’t tried yet.  Level 5 is supposed to be very spicy, and you must be able to handle level 5 if you want to go higher.  The highest level is 10.  I’m addicted to this restaurant.  Check out the multilingual menu here.

What are your favourite foods and restaurants in Japan?

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