Monday, September 6, 2010

Sumo In St. Louis

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Sumo At Japanese Festival 1

Our town's Japanese Festival takes place every Labor Day weekend at the Missouri Botanical Garden. They regularly bring over a group of retired sumo wrestlers from Hawaii. These guys are not active competitors but I'd hate to get between them. They are amazingly flexible and agile. The big one in the back did an exercise in which he sits on the ground, sticks his legs straight out on either side and presses his chest to the ground. You try that.

There's a lot going on this holiday weekend. Carolyn and I went to the Big Muddy Blues Fest for a while last night, held a block or two from the Mississippi. The Greek Festival is going on at the big Orthodox church, puling in the crowds. The Cardinals were in town. Something for everyone. Now when am I going to edit all these pictures?

8 comments:

Olivier said...

j'adore le sumo, avant il y avait le tournoi de Paris avec les meilleurs sumotoris du Japon, c'etait grandiose, maintenant je regarde les tournois a la television

lewi14 said...

Wow. What a shot! What "robust" guys! I think it's an outstanding experience to watch a sumo-fight.

Kate said...

I have never understood the appeal of this "sport" or athletic event. The other activities you mention, esp. the Big Muddy Blues Fest and Greek Festival are far more attractive to me! Great photo, tho!

Luis Gomez said...

Great image.

cieldequimper said...

I don't think I'll ever enjoy watching them though I admit a form of fascination.

I am still trying to decide which photos from a shortlist I've made :-).

Chuck Pefley said...

He definitely has a lot of chest to put on the ground! Not a trick I can do, though -:)

Molly said...

Agh! My retinas!

Paula said...

Great text to soften the blow of the photo.

I'm looking forward to the blues photos.