Sunday, August 30, 2015

Five Finished Fobs


I added beads and finished these five fobs. Ted is going to the US in a couple of weeks and will be taking them to give as gifts for his friends.







I always like how these turn out.  Maybe I’ll make a few more.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Japanese Culture Weekend - Part 2, the Sumo Tournament

After attending the wedding on Saturday and staying overnight in Sapporo, we attended the Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Sumo is a centuries old Japanese sport having its origins in the Shinto religion. Sumo matches take place in a ring that is 4.55 meters across, called a dohyo. The little diaper thing they wear is called a fundoshi.  The one who is forced out of the ring or who touches the ground is the loser.  The Japan Sumo Association is in charge of it all. Currently there are 43 training stables with about 660 wrestlers. There are many rules sumo participants must follow.  It’s more a way of life than just a job.

We had good seats that were very close.  The daylong event we attended began with the lower level sumo wrestlers. 
 

 
In the middle of the day were some informational demonstrations, including how the samurai type hair style is done.
 
 
 I was amazed by how large, yet how flexible these guys are.  
 

 
This was followed by some traditional, maybe ritual, type things. 
 










 
The final part of the day was the big guys – the Professionals. A good number of them are not Japanese, which was kind of surprising for me.

There is a lot of salt throwing.  




 
We witnessed several different winning techniques – chest slapping, grapping the fundoshi and picking up the opponent, leaning to the side and causing the pusher to fall forward, to name a few.





















 
At the end the winner did a little dance with a big bow like tool.



 
This was very interesting and I’m glad we were able to see it in person!