Background information to the infamous 2006 challenge match between Yanagi Ryuken and Iwakura Tsuyoshi in Japan, the video of which went viral in a matter of hours in both Asia and Japan. Curiously, despite Yanagi’s lose – he is as popular as ever in Japan, whereas Iwakura Tsuyoshi has disappeared into obscurity.
The Jews that oppose Israel are the very people whose ancestors have been maligned, abused and persecuted in numerous European pogroms over the last thousand years or so. These people do not react to the most vilest of prejudice and discrimination with a far-right rhetoric that is just as destructive as the hatred levelled at them.
Sumo can also mean a ‘trial of strength that reveals the unity of nature’. I prefer the latter translation, and believe this is nearer how the Japanese people interpret Sumo wrestling.
Never give in to racism. Always fight fascism wherever it raises its ugly head.