Thursday, June 26, 2003

Beyond the Mat

From the Mainichi Daily News: Pro wrestler and politician The Great Sasuke has fought off a legal challenge that would have forced him to remove his mask in the local assembly hall. The move to un-mask Sasuke was counted out because, as the Mainichi informs us,
Pro-mask lawmakers, mostly belonging to the Liberal Party, have insisted that Sasuke be allowed to wear his mask even in the assembly meetings because voters elected him "as a masked politician."
In April, Sasuke had to grapple with accusations that he had appeared in a porno movie:
"It was the real Sasuke all right," Meatball Yoshino, porno actor and co-star of "Sasuke's Member is a Heavyweight Champion," tells Asahi Geino. "When I arrived at the studio, Sasuke was already there, but he wasn't wearing his mask. I've always been a fan of Michinoku Pro Wrestling (the regional areas only troupe operated by The Great Sasuke), so as soon as I heard his voice, I knew it was the real thing."
I swear, the Japanese can improve anything...

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Toys in the Attic

Mmm... I see that the obligatory ad at the top of this page has taken to peddling various Japanese items. If they really knew me, they'd tell me where I could get a set of these.