A rare wry look, or one of long-standing resignation?
After the stress of work and a jam-packed, standing room only train journey home, a couple of drinks in a cheap and cheerful, jam-packed, standing room only bar, is arguably the perfect Tokyo way to unwind.
In the age-old battle for hearts and minds, both of them were touting eternal life of some description. Or at the very least the potential for it. But despite countless passers-by, no offerings were made, and the offer of a free bible wasn’t pursued.
So all in all an uneventful draw. A result that the men involved presumably deemed a spiritual failure. As an intriguing spectacle, on the other hand, it was a suitably awkward success.
Sumo is nowhere near as popular as it once was. It presumably never will be either. But when there’s the very real possibility of a Japanese wrestler winning a tournament for the first time in 10 years, it can still garner a good deal of attention.