Friday, October 02, 2009

He really means it!

When I was 10, my then best friend Toshikazu Shimamura took me to see a Professional Wrestling match. The fight was between Antonio Inoki and Tiger Jeet Singh.

We were waiting for the arrival of wrestlers in front of the Koshigaya City Gymnasium. Toshikazu was a great fan of wrestling. He would give me many advises towards the appreciation of this genre.

As we were standing with great expectations, Toshikazu warned me:

"The other wrestlers are just make-believers. Tiger Jeet Singh, alone, is different. He really means it! If you meet him in the eye, he is sure to attack you. So don't you ever look him in the eye. I adviser you on this, for your life."

So I had serious apprehensions as Tinger Jeet Singh himself got out of the minibus and stormed towards the gymnasium. As Toshikazu was warning me, he seemed to "really mean it". His countenance was menacing, with his trademark saber in his mouth.

When I look back, I wonder why his act did not violate Japanese swards and guns control law. It certainly looked like he was violating it.

Tiger Jeet Singh with his trademark saber.

1 comment:

砂山鉄夫(Tetsu Sunayama) said...

I think so, too. It looked like Tiger Jeet Singh had been violating the law. But, he wasn't arrested. Hmm...that's a mystery.

As a hypothesis, I think T.J.Singh was a post modern philosopher out of old context.

He was flying far above the conventional law enforcement.

So, the authorities couldn't...