That's what I've always been predicting, but it should happen a little earlier (Laughing...)
My son. the President! ;-)
Seriously, though, I don't see how Asa is not doing anything to promote sumo. He was/is the driving force in having the Mongolian koen actually come to fruition and he has borne a significant expense in this effort. As he said " I think , soon they will more information to press (sic). Then more can be said. Wonderful to be home."
As for 60 days "off" from "work" in a year - what's so bad about that? Just because the average Japanese salaryman thinks he has to be at work 18 hours a day - without accomplishing anything, I might say; just for show - doesn't mean that sports stars and other celebrities have to do the same. Kotoku has it expressed very succinctly:
"This overarching push for subservience, and submission to dithering elders, whether at work, at home or in sumo has got to stop. It totally screws up much of Japanese society; that's why the kids flock to J-League. It's not that they truly embrace the sport, but the freedom it represents is a HUGE tonic for the day-to-day drudgery of life in Edo."
How can one say that Asa should be responsible for the continuation of his high school sumo club after the Kyokai's Tokitaizan fiasco? Do these kids want to go into a sport knowing that they can be irreparably harmed?
Introducing his high school sumo coach and encouraging a young kid to join his heya? Where has the tongue-in-cheek humor gone in Japan? Oh, sorry - never was any. One always has to say "joku-desu" when one is speaking in jest. Introducing a kid as the next rikishi, American or British idol, Babe Ruth, or take-your-pick person/profession is done all the time in other countries, usually making the young person feel very good and flattered. This sort of comment is usually taken with a grain of salt. But, of course, if the boy WANTS to join, the oyakata has to be involved. Don't you think Asa knew that his oyakata would see the comments he made about "inside recuit"? He's not dumb.
Uchidate ? Lame duck. Inflexible and insensitive.
I'm going to get my hands on those stamps, too!
That's my two yen and I'm certainly sticking to it.
Go Dorj!!!! You rock!!!! :-)
Barbara, could you send me a personal e mail regarding the stamps. It would be much appreciated.