Sumo Las VegasJust back from Las Vegas where I attended the Grand Sumo exhibition -- the first time since 1985 that the top rikishi came to America. It was fantastic -- terrific event. Sumo is a great, great sport -- if more Americans saw it in person, it would be huge here. What a thrill to see in person the rikishi that I read about on the Japan Times English language sumo coverage. I didn't see any wrestlers outside the ring, but there were many sightings reported in the news coverage. I took my daughter, who figured she would be bored to tears, but has now become a huge sumo fan. We had a great time.
Vegas, on the other hand, is a pretty awful place. The smoke alone is disgusting, not to mention the general sleeze. But we had a good time anyway. My daughter loved the Hard Rock Cafe and the shopping -- oh, and M&M World, where we got some cute T-shirts from the M&M/Star Wars promotion (mine has storm troopers saying to an M&M character dressed as a storm trooper "Aren't you a little short for a storm trooper?"). It was packed in Vegas, since it was a holiday weekend, and celebrity sightings (Paris, Paris, Paris) abounded, at least according to the local newspaper gossip column.
Anyway, well worth it. Now back to the grind.