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Friday, September 7, 2012

See Larger-Than-Life Sumo Wrestlers for Free in Japantown

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

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This Saturday, Sept. 8, three obese grown men in diapers will descend on San Francisco, and it won't be part of the Folsom Street Fair. Crazy I know! Instead they're sumo wrestlers invited to compete in a free Sumo Champions Exhibition in Japantown's Peace Plaza. Now, I know there are a lot of big things going on this weekend, but, well, it doesn't get much bigger than this.

In a society where being a gym rat has become normalized, there's something very reassuring to me about being both fat and a world-class athlete. In the ring will be three-time World Sumo Champion Byamba, a 6'1", 370-pound Mongolian, Kelly, a 430-pound three-time US Sumo Champion and Guinness World Record holder as the heaviest human to ever run a marathon (imagine that for a second), and Big Joe, a multi-time medal-winning 6'1" 350-pound Tongan. Put those rikishis (Japanese for wrestler) in some diapers, throw them in a ring, and you're bound to have a show. Unlike the Olympics where we're relegated to watching our athletes on YouTube, this Saturday's event will also allow you to actually meet these larger-than-life wrestlers up close and in person.

The schedule of events is as follows: 10-10:45 a.m., Kids Meet and Greet (what kid would not love this?), followed by Live Sumo Matches from 12-3:30 p.m., and a Public Meet and Greet at 4:30 p.m.

Free Sumo wrestling in Japantown. Nuff said. Saturday, September 8, at Japantown Center Peace Plaza, (Post and Buchanan).

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