January 27, 2018

January 27

Filed under: Uncategorized — theresaurus @ 11:00 pm

I know the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament winner, Tochinoshin (originally from Georgia), because Sam’s boss is a big sumo fan and forced me to attend a morning sumo practice and lunch at a Nagoya stable. After the practice, Tochinoshin and the other European wrestler wrapped towels around their waists and took off their sumo diapers right there.

During lunch the stable master complained that Tochinoshin loves sweets, like all foreigners. He had visited the U.S. and was disgusted by the food. The nabe hot pot (hard to enjoy on a hot summer day) served was surprisingly delicious and I knew the broth wasn’t prepared with the usual instant dashi. I made Sam ask and the wrestlers in the kitchen seemed pleased we noticed. It was homemade. The fried things and mayonnaise salads were heavy too.

At the end of the tournament I had to go to a banquet in Nagoya. There were creepy sumo groupies and a few low rent geisha in polyester kimono, a lot of relatives of the sumo wrestlers, most obviously from the countryside.

This is Tochinoshin:

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