Saturday, September 28, 2013

Japanese Wrestling

When I was a child my father and grandfather watched wrestling on television every week.  My dad knew it was fake, but I really don’t think my grandpa did. I had forgotten about those wrestling matches on television in the 1960’s and 70’s until we happened to see this live tag team wrestling match at one of the summer festivals. It was funny but so unbelievable. At one point the wrestlers rolled out of the ring and into the crowd. Chairs were knocked over and a little boy's drink was spilled.  I wanted to get out of the area altogether, but Ted wanted to stay and watch. Isn’t it strange how something in Japan is just like something in the US forty years ago? My grandpa would have loved to be in this audience.


Margaret said...

Looks really viscious! I don't think I've ever seen such a thing.

Queeniepatch said...

It is immensely popular in Japan, and recommended as a 'let off steam' spectator sport. As a child my nephew used to watch it, pretend he was the 'good' guy beating up his bullying classmate... The revenge culture is very prominent in Japan; samurai dramas are often about 'setting things right' with violence.