Continued Park Three:
Commentary by Hank F. Miller Jr.
Due to sumo's popularity, many of these non-tournament events that were previously mentioned end up on TV.
In recent years viewers have been treated to the sight of rikishi buying souvenirs in Honolulu, New York or London crooning with professional singers at the Kokugikan (the National Sumo Arena in Ryogoky Tokyo) But the Sumo Association hierarchs discourages kikishi from becoming TV and recording celebrities or commercial pitchmen.
They feel that these activities can be only demeaning but morally dangerous. Once rikishi realize that they can make easy yen off the dohyo (Sumo Ring) they will be less eager to perform well on it. Despite the frequent appearances of off-duty rikishi on the tube, most fans still see them during the tournaments. The easiest broadcast to catch these days is that of NHK"s general channel; even in English translation. Every Chinese noodle joint and sushi shop in the country tunes it in, especially on weekends. Beginning at 3:00 p.m.
On most days, it gives viewers a three-hour slice of the someday, ending with the last bout at 6:00 p.m.
Viewers who want a larger slice can watch the NHK satellite#1 broadcast, which begins at 1:00 p.m.
And those who want their dose of sumo while driving can tune into NHK-FM, beginning at 4:05 p.m.NHK also offers bout highlights during its news and sports broadcasts.
Finally, viewers with satellite TV tuners can listen to English play-by-play on the sub-channel of NHK Satellite Channel1, starting with the makunouchi (top-division) bouts.
Sumo is a sport that I have really learned to enjoy these years I've spent here in Japan.
In the next article I'll explain how to watch and understand sumo in its entirety.
Warm Regards from kitakyushu City, Japan