Hakuho’s Retirement: The Best Ever?

Recently Yokozuna Hakuho retired from sumo. The record books will tell us that he is probably the greatest ever. The introduction on Wikipedia provides the key points: Hakuhō Shō (Japanese: 白鵬 翔, born 11 March 1985 as Mönkhbatyn Davaajargal is a retired professional sumo wrestler (rikishi) from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Making his debut in March 2001,…

Favourite Places in Japan: Seto

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Seto (瀬戸市) in Aichi. As many people assume that you are talking about the Seto Inland Sea when the name ‘Seto’ is mentioned, it is common to refer to Seto not only as Seto city, but…

Reflecting on the Closure of the Azumazeki-Beya

Over the weekend it was announced that the Azumazeki-beya (東関部屋, Azumazeki Stable) is closing, merging with the Hakkaku-beya (八角, Hakkaku Stable). In amongst the stories about this closure, I also discovered that its former Oyakata (stable master), who had previously fought under the name of Ushiomaru (潮丸, real name Motoyasu Sano), had died at the…

Sumo – Asageiko

This week I got a Facebook reminder that it was two years ago that I went to watch the morning sumo training, asageiko. This was something that had been on my ‘Japan bucket list’ for a long time, but as my trips tend to be short and busy, it can hard to fit in. I’ve…

Sporting Hobbies and My Writing

Although I largely keep my sporting interests and hobbies separate from my academic ones on Twitter, for example, where I have two separate accounts, I sometimes do bring my hobbies into my writing, both my novels and my academic writing. In this post, I discuss my sporting hobbies. Sometimes, the inclusion of my sporting hobby…