It's annual sumo time in Nagoya!
Every summer, the whole sumo contingent shuffles out west to Aichi prefecture, the city of Nagoya for the July tournament. And it's happening right now. Here is a great explanation of the fun going on there this week. When I read this, I was shocked to realize how CHEAP tickets can be for a tournament. As low as 200 yen? Stop. That is just insane.
Of course it probably means sitting on a cushion in the balcony, but seriously? Who cares. I'd love to be there.
Today, Thursday, is closing in on the tail end of the tournament. And WHOA. This month has been ROCKED with scandal!
I can't believe it. The highest ranked native Japanese rikishi has actually been KICKED OUT of the sport. Seriously. Kotomitsuki is gone. Done. Get the skinny on that HERE.
A gambling scandal it is. Fuji Xerox has dropped their sponsorship of the sport. And they weren't alone. They were the fifth company to drop out. Plus, shockingly, NHK, the national radio corporation, dropped theirs, too. They aren't broadcasting the July tournament.
I'm going to research this whole thing more and get back with a more complete explanation tomorrow.
Sheesh. I go on one little sumo vacation, and BAM. The whole sport practically falls apart.