I’m crying with you, Koto’oshu. Sad to see you leave the sumo world, you sexy Bulgarian. (Thanks to husband for tip).
These gentle giants have captured my heart. Photo by Paolo Patrizi.
Photo by Paolo Patrizi.
Another photo by Paolo Patrizi.
I love Paolo Patrizi‘s intimate portraits of sumo wrestlers in and around the Tokyo “stables” where they train. Wonder what this one is cooking?
Taiho, one of Japan’s great yokozuno sumo champions, had a lavish funeral with mountains of white flowers. Current champion Hakuho led the mourning. Taiho was very hot in his youth. He was half-Ukranian and born in the Soviet Sakhalin island, which are claimed by the Japanese as the Karafuto island.
As much as I enjoy seeing sumo wrestlers at ringside, in all their fleshy nakedness, it’s also super exciting to come across them in daily life: at the ward office, or in the train system. They are immediately recognizable, and always impeccably dressed and groomed.