Sumo Kaboom

Leslie and Laurie Collins, Texan sisters and diehard sumo fans, talk about all things sumo.

Episode 116: Retirement, Sopranistas and Demons

Time Codes:

1:00 News
4:45 Hair-cutting History- how to say it
5:45 Haircutting in anime, geisha
9:00 Hair denoting status
11:30 North Korean hair styles
12:30 Bold statements
13:30 Retirement ceremonies in Japan
15:30 You can buy tickets, open to anyone, merch, staged fights, wrestling kids, songs, belt tying
16:15 Retirement ceremonies in the US
18:00 Cutting of the hair
21:30 Leslie's retirement ceremony
22:30 Artists we've seen at sumo retirement ceremonies
23:30 Who was singing at Toyonoshima's retirement ceremonies
24:15 Opera and sumo crossover
24:30 Kaftans and Tomotaka Okamoto
25:30 Sopranistas and opera  history
27:45 Tomotaka Okamoto and "World of Union" sample, Universal Music Japan
28:45 Tomotaka Okamoto's history and career
30:00 There are words to Bolero, opera, Chicago, The Wiz
30:30 National anthem singer
32:00 Devil Forest Concert with Demon Kakka and how to watch parts of it online
33:30 Description of Demon Kakka
34:30 We don't know what his real name is
35:00 Demon's background and career
36:30 In the sumo world - columnist for Sumo Fan Mag, banned from sumo in costume for years, maybe he went without the costume?
37:20 JSA asked him to come in costume, guest commentator
38:00 VO Actor in Hinomaru Sumo, spokesman
40:00 Sumo and the details around sumo are fascinating


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** Music:**

"Advanced Japanese Folk" by Audiotoolz

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Intro/Outtro music by MARiAN - Tokyo Trap

Tomotaka Okamoto - Universal Music Japan - "World of Union"