Comments on: What’s in the cards for the future of sumo? Taking the pulse of trends, trend-watchers and trendmakers in Japan. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:29:40 +0000 hourly 1 By: Coco Thu, 04 Feb 2010 22:46:45 +0000 We have just witnessed the purging of the “other” in forcing Asashoryu to quit at his prime. The Japanese media and the ultra conservative Sumo kyokai have long been wanting to get rid of him because they cannot stand a foreigner who might overtake the record of championship (yuushou). He is now number 3 on the list in term of winning, and since he is relatively young, he is very likely to break the record of Taiho and Chiyonofuji to become the sumo wrestler to have the most wins historically. Japanese just cannot bear the thoughts of their national treasured sports to be taking over by a non-Japanese. It’s not a matter of real ability (which no one dispute) it is the illusive “hinkaku” (character)that he will never be able to obtain since he is not born a Japanese he could never really understand the essence of “hinkaku.” Japanese prefer a second class athlete who can stick to the rule and act deferential and humble; but not the top athlete who is arrogant, especially a foreigner. Just look at how they pamper and giving all the media time (NHK special program last night) to the skier Aiko, who participated in FOUR winter Olympic but have never win a medal. But oh we just love her so much so we would never criticize her since she is a true Japanese, always tries hard and speaks politely. To sum up, Japanese prefer second class achievement if they can control the player. No wonder this country is going down the drain.