Meet the Staff –  Joe Kuroda

Joe Kuroda (a.k.a. Jonosuke) is an avid sumo fan with a special interest in the historical aspects of Ozumo. As a chubby kid growing up in Tokyo, he has a fond memory of competing and flipping other skinny kids around with his uwatenage.

Now much older and living in Canada - still chubby though due to his affliction to chanko and fine sake, he times his visits to Japan to coincide with the Ozumo scheduling so he can take in at least several days of a basho every year.  His relatives and family view him as an incurable sumo maniac who can no longer be helped. His current favorite rikishi is Kasugano-beya's Tochisakae.