Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Sumo Jump

Monday was a rainy, rainy day; perhaps a preview of the "tsuyu" (Rainy Season) that will be upon us soon. For the first time in I don't know how long, Koji and I stayed in. All day. Without leaving the building. That gave us plenty of time for practicing Koji's current favorite sport, sumo.
When I tell people he's two and his favorite sport is sumo, they wonder if I've been forcing him to watch it on TV? It's very difficult to explain that this all started with VeggieTales Sumo of the Opera....
At least Koji has more or less learned how to pronounce "S" so that when he talks about sumo, people can understand. This is an improvement from his previous version of the word: "fumo".
Likely more thanks to his Papa than me, Koji even knows how to say the words that sumo refs say when the match gets underway. This is something like an American version of "play ball," I guess. I don't even know exactly how to spell it but it's something like "HAKIYOI!". Then, while the match is going, the ancient and tiny ref shouts, "Nokotta! Nokotta!" which means something like "the match isn't over yet!".
Koji's version of sumo involves an addition step, a kind of set-up jump that we have appropriately labeled "Sumo Jump". This is where he jumps and then lands with feet apart in his idea of a pre-bout position. He doesn't get much air under him when he jumps, but hey,
"NOKOTTA"....! He's got a lot more years of practicing and eating chanko nabe before his first real HAKIYOI.

4 comments:

Laurie Ann said...

I just published my first blog. I think you might be my only reader. It's http://ollielnse.blogspot.com. I wish O&K could play sumo together! I love you sis and I love you blogs ~ that's why I haven't started one until now. I can't compete with your cleverness, in or out of bed.

Julie said...

Ohhhh, but Koji was so cute when he'd say "FUMO!" I'm glad he's mastered 's' but sad to say the baby vocabulary go....

Jane said...

Jamie, Love how you put links in your blogs. Such added "color." You're the best. Tell Koji Grandma says "Gambatte!"

Love you, mom

Jane said...

Jamie, it's mom. We're in Tulsa for Becky's wedding. It was last night. I'll try to send some pics on hello when I get home. Don't know how to do email from another computer and was able to find your site but couldn't get Laurie's to come up. Love you and hope to catch you soon on Skype. June 12 9:37 Central time. xox, mom