Home / News & Gist / Japan celebrates first homegrown sumo grand champion in 19 years

Japan celebrates first homegrown sumo grand champion in 19 years

[ad_1]

Kisenosato’s yokozona promotion ceremony was held in a Tokyo hotel rather than the sumo “stable” where he lives and trains as is normally the case, in a reflection of the intense level of media attention.

Dressed in a formal kimono with his hair tied up in a signature sumo style, Kisenosato bowed deeply as he accepted the promotion during the ceremony, saying: “I will do everything in my power and try not to bring shame to the name yokozuna.”

Speaking after the ceremony, he added: “I want to become even more focused. I have grown as a person and want to be a yokozuna that is respected.”

The new star of the sumo world, who is originally from rural Ibaraki, north of Tokyo, has now achieved celebrity status in Japan, where sumo wrestlers are widely revered.

[ad_2]

Source

Check Also

Master Warrant Officer given accelerated promotion to Captain, over his gallantry in Boko Haram fight

On Monday 16th of October, the Nigerian Army Council approved the granting of the Executive …