SUMO EAST AND WEST

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4/14/05
Oak Hill Ohio
Hey You Guys Are awsome you should really come to Ohio and have the best sumo match ever with your like fattest most skiled people we would love it and have the Oak Hill Middle school High school watch and get in free or somthing like that but really it would be awsome and we would all love it..

7/20/04
Annette
Seattle, WA
Aloha,

I'd like to know the location where Wayne Vierra (I think he's the one) practices his sumo? Is it on the Leeward side, the North Shore, Waimanalo?

I missed part of the documentary and was glad to see the sport is still strong in Hawaii.

I don't like sumo for women.

I think sumo is not just cultural, but spiritual. The person who practices it should enter into it with the correct attitude. If not, that person should not be allowed to participate. So, I guess I'm saying that respect for the traditions and spirit of the sport should be upheld. Pro sumo should always retain the purer aspects. The lycra shorts for amateur is okay, but then the person wearing them should ask himself how committed he really is to the culture.

Not everyone is ready to change to fit in. Maybe another sport would be better for that person.

When I first started watching (Konishiki)I never thought I'd love it so much. It seemed more of a natural thing when I lived in Hawaii, though. I never see it here.

6/11/04
Troy O.
Kaneohe, HI
In my opinion I believe that all participants of sumo, whether they have a top knot or not... that when they put on the mawashi (even with shorts underneath), practice and enter the ring... I believe they must have respect for the traditions, history, and culture of sumo. And through disciplined practice and routine they develop sumo spirit.

Although all the traditions may not be known or practiced, these people help to perpetuate the culture and sport of Sumo and I think it is a good thing. I wish the Japan Sumo Association would take a more open approach but this may just be a matter of time... even if we are decades away.

6/9/04
Troy Ozama
Kaneohe, HI
I like to commend all who worked on this great documentary on sumo. I have been a sumo fan since around the age of 5 and used to watch Takamiyama, Ozeki Takanohana, Yokozuna Wakanohana (Taka & Waka's uncle)and many others with my dad at the dinner table as a kid.

This documentary was simply spectacular in its depth and scope of coverage of the sport and its participants. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned and saw many things that I might not have otherwise.

For me it is a documentary film that captures the human spirit like other very special ones such as "Ghenghis Blues."

5 stars and highly recommended to any true sports fan.

6/9/04
Rita
I love pbs and I love when they have a program on Martial Arts. I agree with the first post. If people do not wish to perform or respect the entire process of Sumo they should find something else to do.

6/9/04
Kiyomi
Wyoming
I grew up in Hawaii,watching sumo with my ojichan (grandfather). Takamiyama was in his prime. Every ritual that is performed has a specific meaning and purpose. They are part of the sport. To lose them would be sad and feel disrespectful. I think the people that don't like the WHOLE sport shouldn't play. Go find something you like. That would be like me saying I only like golf with 12 holes and making everybody conform to the way I want to play.

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