Samurai Dave: The Roving Ronin Report

Rambling Narrative of Travels, Thoughts, and Embellishments

Outdoor Sumo at Yasukuni Shrine

In April, sumo gets back to its roots at Yasukuni Shrine with an outdoor event. In olden times, sumo was generally held outdoors at shrines and temples or before gathered assemblies of august groups such as the shogun, daimyo (feudal lord), even the Emperor.

Hono Ozumo is a special ceremonial sumo event held at a shrine such as Yasukuni Shrine. Lower rank wrestlers (maku-shita) and top rank wrestlers (maku-uchi) compete. Even the yokozuna the highest rank in sumo compete at Hono Ozumo. If there is more than one yokozuna, they will compete against each other. Sumo can have several yokozuna at the same time but it is relatively rare to have more than two. Usually to see a yokozuna match between two yokozuna is a rare treat. Only on the last day of a tournament can one see this and it’s very difficult to get tickets for that day.

This year was a chance to see such a yokozuna match, the first in four years as Yokozuna Asashoryu retired in February of 2010. Hakuho has been the only yokozuna until September of 2012 when Harumafuji was promoted. This was their first yokozuna match at Yasukuni.

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May 7, 2013 Posted by | japan, sumo, tokyo, yasukuni shrine | , , , , , | 22 Comments

Samurai Girls Do Battle!!!

Samurai Girls fight with spear and sword at a Shinsengumi Festival in Tokyo. Shinsengumi were a special police force in Kyoto who kept the peace for the Shogun at a bloody price in the 1860s.

May 1, 2013 Posted by | travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sumo – Hakuho vs Harumafuji at Outdoor Sumo Event at Yasukuni Shrine

Every April, Yasukuni Shrine holds a honozumo which is a ceremonial sumo event at a shrine. It’s free and open to the first 6000 people. This is one of the few chances to catch a yokozuna match where the top ranked wrestlers compete. Usually this only happens on the last day of a tournament which is often sold out.

This year (2013) newly promoted yokozuna Harumafuji faced off against the reigning yokozuna Hakuho for their first yokozuna match at Yasukuni Shrine. I was rather surprised by the results.

April 30, 2013 Posted by | travel | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Japanese St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Harajuku, Tokyo

In Tokyo’s Harajuku area, they throw a parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s been going on for sometime and has grown over the years. Marching bands, bagpipers, dancers, Irish settlers, dancing Guinness cans, and samurai(?) all make their appearance. It’s good fun!

March 23, 2013 Posted by | travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy New Years 2013 From Tokyo!!!

Scenes from New Years Eve celebrations in Tokyo from the traditional at Zojo-ji Temple to avant garde cosplay at Tokyo Decadance in Shinjuku.

Happy New Years!

January 2, 2013 Posted by | travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas from Japanese Girls!

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December 25, 2012 Posted by | travel | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Japanese Girls Wish You A Merry Christmas!

Random cute sexy Japanese girls wishing everyone a Merry Christmas

December 24, 2012 Posted by | travel | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Cosplay Halloween 2012 – Tokyo Decadance

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Went to Tokyo Decadance’s recent Halloween bash. Here are the pics and video (including last year’s event). I went as a Pirate Samurai as a send-up to the Wako who were actual Japanese pirates many of them samurai 500 years ago.

 

November 28, 2012 Posted by | cosplay, japan, japanese culture, Japanese subculture, tokyo decadance | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Random Halloween Cute Sexiness in Tokyo 2012

Halloween madness in Tokyo with cute sexy Japanese girls on the loose in their wild crazy outfits! Halloween should be made official every other weekend. It practically is anyways.

For more photos go to my other site here.

November 2, 2012 Posted by | cosplay, costumes, halloween, japan | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Japanese Cosplay Halloween – Tokyo Decadance Halloween 2011

 

Here is some footage from last year’s Tokyo Decadance Halloween event that I never got around to editing at the time because I had just got my camera and didn’t know how to use it. I was late anyway to the event and ran out of battery but still some interesting shots.

This year’s event is at Christon Cafe in Shinjuku on October 20th starting at 11.

October 19, 2012 Posted by | cosplay, japan, Japanese subculture, tokyo decadance | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment