All the kids at Seika got to participate, to some degree, in a Sumo Day. The Older Boys (Dougie's class) warmed up with the Sumo - in like attire: a mawashi. Only, these were tied by the mothers. I suppose, few others really hold their kids' family jewels in high enough esteem to insure they stay firmly tucked away... And I really mean hold...
|Marguerite - one of the two Older Classes. This class is about 50% larger than Lily (the other Older Class) - all being BOYS. Poor Oswawa Sensei... (Marguerite teacher)|
In the days leading up to the Sumo Day, the kids got to compete against each other in a single elimination tournament. The final eight competed on Sumo Day with the victor getting to compete against the Big Sumo.
|Ceremonial pouring of sake around the dohyo|
The Older Boys all participated in warm-ups with the Sumo
High Stomps... The boys initial reaction is near disbelief. So was mine! That guy is really flexible! The kids soon got into it, adding their giant stomps to scare away evil spirits.
A little more here... A little more there...
Dougie's Best FrEnemy, Kent, was one of the final eight.
He was so determined to win!
He had a valuable life lesson that day: No matter how much we want something, no matter how hard we try, someone may be better.
He cried when he got thrown down - tears of pain mingled with disappointment. He had a huge red mark and was pretty sore. The boy who won was in a league of his own. We questioned is amateur status ;)
|The Older Class Champion, throwing salt into the dohyo|
All the kids got a chance to be in the dohyo to compete against the Big Sumo.
Dougie took on Tata instead - notice the little, dark haired boy facing Dougie? They thought they were pretty hilarious!
Ulitmately, Dougie employed the "Pyramid Pushing" technique - he pushed two kids, who pushed two kids, who pushed the Big Sumo. The Big Sumo's generosity and ability to entertain was directly proportional to his size! The Small Sumo won every match :)
Ian would have nothing to do with it. This is where his reservations for new things really become obvious...
His partner in crime, Gavin, was equally "moved" by the idea.
Too bad, too. Their group did very well!
The dad's got a chance to compete in an arm wrestling tournament.
Eric won his first match, moved on to the second round: the Sumo! He beat (or was allowed to win?) the Sumo and got instantly taken in his third match.
When looking at the men's faces, it made me think: Child Birth. I love this one of Brad (Kent's dad):
The entertainment did not stop. In fact, it had really just begun... The dad's also got to compete against the Big Sumo. Chris Cohn (Gavin's dad) had the first round. They threw salt in the dohyo
Sized up their opponent... There was a considerable difference...
They faced off...
He had figured out that what he lacked in size, he made up for in quickness and agility. And it was true...
For a while...
Eric's proved to be much less a show of technical skill and more just a show...
Watching Eric made me cry, I was laughing so hard.
Watching everyone else's face made me laugh even harder!
The fact that the Big Sumo held Eric like he was a tiny baby, and would pose, midway through, for photos, had me in hysterics!!
These four men provided an incredible source of entertainment. The Big Sumo was quite an entertainer. In spite of completely schooling these guys, he would stop, midway through, for the photog to get a great shot.
Eric's ribs are still hurting him (mine, too - from LAUGHING!!!), in spite of the Big Sumo taking great pains (ha ha) in not maiming these guys. But, do you notice that all four of the competitors are gai-jin (foreigners)? America-jin, to be specific (Americans)... Perhaps part of the Japanese culture of "saving face" - one would not put themselves out there to be a spectacle. Having seen some Japanese game shows, I suspect this just is not the case. As one Japanese dad put it, "Japanese men are little..." I think they may have a stronger sense of self-preservation - of avoiding "permanent body injuries"... Maybe Stefan is on to something...
The bottom line: It was worth it!
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