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Jul
09

Sumo Beetle Chooses Freedom Over Victory


mŽG‹L’ n‘S‘‚©‚Ô‚Æ’Ž‘Š–o‘å‰ï@—DŸŒˆ’èí‚ʼnïêŠO‚֏Á‚¦‚Ä‚¢‚«AI think it’s safe to say that culturally, Japan and America are world’s apart; for instance, yesterday was the grand final of the National Rhinoceros Beetle Sumo Championship.

The competition was all atwitter after one of the final “wrestlers” flew out of the arena, and then the larger room, resulting in an instant disqualification.

Around 430 elementary school students took part with their beetles. The winner of each match is determined by which beetle makes it highest up the 70-centimeter pole forming the arena after 60 seconds.

During the final “King Kabuto,” owned by Takuma Kobayashi, 7, started out very strongly; but finally chose freedom over honor at the last moment, leaving “King Joe,” along with owner Shoichiro Ito, 6, to scoop the prize.

Clearly, King Kabuto hasn’t seen the epic Sly Stallone/Pele soccer movie Victory where a group of WWII POWs choose to stay and finish their match against the Nazis rather than escape and lose. For Kabuto, freedom is everything it seems. He must be a Braveheart fan…

[The Mainichi Daily News]


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