Saturday, December 1, 2007

Sumo Chucks a Sickie

Sorry - I really just wanted to use that headline, which I've borrowed from ABC Australia's coverage of the Sumo champion, Asashoryu, and his travails.  As this report in today's Guardian newspaper indicates, one of Asashoryu's potential difficulties is that he's not Japanese but Mongolian (his real name being Dolgorsuren Dagvadorj) which doesn't necessarily go down well with the traditionalists. 


1. Peter said...

Criminy, but "Asashoryu" sounds like the Japanese pronunication of -- well, a word one would not use in polite company. Think of it: "baseball" is apparently pronounced something like "baseoboru" there, and Japan is home to the mystery writer Edogawa Ranpo. Now, read that sumo wrestler's name slowly. Makes you think, doesn't it?

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2. Michael Walters said...

H'm, yes. Now you point it out. Makes you wonder whether this man has a wicked sense of humour. No wonder he's treated with suspicion.

Incidentally, the mention of Edogawa Rampo took me back to my teens - a name I've not heard mentioned in the UK for a long time, but part of my adolescent delving into the further reaches of genre fiction.

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