When the going
by Eric Blair
|annoyance at the fish across the jaws is an insult to
the millions of women calling Osaka home. Irrespective of personal
feelings towards sumo traditions and the like, Ota should have, needed
to at the very very least, stand up for one minute and had herself
By not doing so she transferred that slap across the jowls to each and every female in the ‘fu’ of Osaka, and if they are daft enough to give Ota another term on the back of this shoddy performance, they deserve nothing less; you get what you vote for!
So, onto the delightful Uchidate – the bronze medalist. Think about it, she could gripe and moan about tradition, culture and the like till the cows come home – could likely out-whine the best of them, but on this issue of her sex VS her belief in traditions surrounding a sport she is most noticeable by her absence. Where is she? What does she have to say on this? Have I missed her input? Is that a bead of Makiko’s sweat struggling to get past the wrinkles and prove Newton’s apple correct? When the going gets tough, looks like the tough women have done a bunk. Think about that.
Ed. Note: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of Mr. Blair and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sumo Fan Magazine or other staff.
|The ‘henkafest’ that made up the final couple of bouts on senshuraku of
the recent Haru Basho had 3 winners – not just the Mongolian chap feted
by many, myself included, as the next yokozuna.
Of course, and as is fully deserved for his well-executed slapdown of a hinkaku-lacking yokozuna on the day, ozeki Hakuho stands atop the pile – a name to be remembered forever in the annals of sumo history. Long after the readers of this piece / NHK viewers on that March 25th day of infamy are themselves pushing up daisies, however, it will be the fighting name of the man from Mongolia that the record books remember – Hakuho Sho.
In the here and now though, the other silver and bronze podium finishers as seen by yours truly were, in descending order, Osaka Governor (ess) Fusae Ota and darling of Japan’s TV screens, screenwriter-cum-YDC member Makiko Uchidate – a lady known less for her warm-hearted appreciation of things ‘Mongolian yokozuna’ and more for her adherence to and admiration of rules for the sake of rules – but a woman to boot.
Ota is top dog of Osaka’s prefectural government and as the ‘ess’ above indicates, is a female member of the species. As
|head honcho of one of Japan’s more vocal and supposedly culturally
aggressive of cities then, one might expect a tad more oomph from this
individual when it comes to the now routine slap in the face and ‘nope,
you ain’t mounting our dohyo, lady, begone with you’ she gets from the
visiting NSK each March when the issue of exactly who should present
the trophy sponsored by her elected office comes around. Regrettably
though, 2007 served up nothing new and as she has done every year,
every March since being elected by her populace, Ota again opted to
take this ‘don’t even think about it, lady’ slap across the chops with
a wet fish squarely on the chin – presumably deemed a better course of
action than rocking the proverbial ‘boat’ oared by oyakata - some
return for the Osakan tax yen in a city that prides itself on its
brusque in-your-face inhabitants!
Presumably Ota, in the time saved in ignoring equality, guaranteed by way of the constitution of this democratic land, was busy on senshuraku looking at ways to take a city forever sat in the shadows of Tokyo and even Yokohama back to the forefront of Japanese business and culture. Then again, perhaps not!
To not even make an effort at officially registering her