… and a 1-year supply of Corona from the Mexican Embassy
… and a 1-year supply of umeboshi (picked plums)
… and a 1-year supply of Bulgarian yogurt
… and a 1-year supply of shitake mushrooms
… and much much more
RYOKOKU – I can’t recall the last time I woke up at 4AM to wait in line for tickets. In fact, I am pretty sure that it was a first. That’s what it took to buy tickets to see sumo on the last day of the tournament. This wasn’t any ordinary grand tournament. We saw the first European sumo wrestler become the winner of a tournament. Bulgarian born Kotooshu made history on May 25, 2008.
A day after becoming the first European to capture an Emperor’s Cup in the ancient Japanese sport, Kotooshu dispatched of Ozeki Chiyotaikai to finish his campaign with an outstanding 14-1 record on the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. How exciting is that??
The 25-year-old Kotooshu quickly rose to the higher ranks of sumo but hadn’t managed to win a title. If we look back, he didn’t even finish the last tournament with a winning record. People had hoped that he would beat the Yokozuna and win a tournament earlier, but it is better late than never. If he manages to win the next tournament with a similar amount of wins, he has a real chance of becoming the first European Yokozuna. Bulgaria must be proud!