I spent the day in Tenri,  at the 23rd. annual Wanpac sumo tournament. Wanpac translates roughly to energetic, rowdy boy. This year  there were about 87 boys, way off from the high of 231 in 1992. Attendance hit a peak in 1992, stayed there for about 12 years and has decreased since then. The organizers are very dedicated and appreciative of the boys that participate. They go out of their way to make contact with the parents and boys to make them feel welcome. Girls are welcome to join but this year there weren’t any. My son loves to go and take part in this. He usually wins his first match, loses his second.

I sat next to a family that has 5 boys. 3 of them participated this year. The oldest is the same age as my son, 5th. grade. The oldest of the 5 boys is in the last video against the much larger 6th. grader. The father is the head of a temple near my house.

It is an interesting place to spend 1 day a year people watching.


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