Sumo Kaboom

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

Episode 135: Celebrations and Riots

Time Codes:
1:51 Thanks to listeners and sumo jammies questions
2:37 Newsflash
2:40 Terunofuji Para-sports event
3:49 Flying Gorilla
4:41 Terunofuji's Yokozuna promotion event
8:33 Kagami Baraki intro
10:24 Mochi version
10:44 Origin of Kagami Baraki
11:38 Martial arts crossover
12:31 New tradition was born
12:49 people who bash
12:30 Mochi is labor intensive New Year's tradition
15:40 Journey does Kagami Baraki
17:15 Laurie intro to Me Brigade of 1805
18:36 Edo era Firemen description
19:39 dragon tattoos
20:30 tear down of houses by drunk firefighters
22:20 official real story
23:23 -25:00 Pay homage to me & brawl ***
25:00 Fights and flowers
25:30 Kabuki version
27:00 Let's rewrite history!
27:50 Tatsugoro
29:00 Full kabuki version
32:10 A politician saves the day
32:45 end of play
34:45 random but big moment in time

Sources: (Great photo of Journey in their heyday breaking open one of these)
Kabuki Kool - The Fight of the Megumi Firemen and Sumo Wrestlers

Kit Brooks, Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art
Frank Feltens, Japan Foundation Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art

"Advanced Japanese Folk" by Audiotoolz

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Intro/Outtro music by MARiAN - Tokyo Trap