Let's Hear From You!
What Made You A Fan?
|may have been added to in later years when she learned more and could
subconsciously tack later comprehension onto first impressions.
That rikishi’s name was Futabayama.
Futabayama post at the Stone of Strength, Eko-in, Ryogoku, Tokyo - Mark Buckton
At the time Atsuko recalled he vanquished all against whom he fought, he met the fans, was a thorough gentleman and imprinted upon this old lady, then in her most formative of years, an understanding of sumo that rarely passes through the border controls at Japanese airports –
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|The name of Atsuko Shimura is far from famous.
A diminutive Japanese lady of advanced years, never married, bilingual Japanese, Chinese speaker and carrying a smattering of English, Atsuko is a living lesson in North East Asian history and then some.
Born, at a guess in the very early 1930s, in an anonymous city in what is now China*, but what was then, Atsuko proudly recalls time after time, part of Japan, as with many families from that time, Atsuko was but one of many siblings born to a Japanese engineer and his wife sent overseas to populate the then ever-expanding areas of the empire of Japan.
the tender age of 6 or 7, for two consecutive years, Atsuko’s awareness
of and passion for sumo was ignited and provided with oxygen when,
during a long-forgotten jungyo to the area – she cannot recall if these
were NSK jungyo or Ichimon / heya limited – with her family and the
Japanese community at large, she dutifully trotted off to watch the men
of strength from back in Japan do their thing and strut their rikishi
One of the names she recalls her father raving over was, in her words, a handsome young man who towered over all present (remember her age at this point), had an aura about him that may have been noticed,