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JOICHIRO TATSUYOSHI

JOICHIRO TATSUYOSHI

July 26, 2018

While Drago was mechanically practicing like a computer, Rocky climbed mountains or cut trees. I think it wanted to prove that grass-root efforts seen in Showa era would finally win, not scientific methods.

Rocky fought with Apollo (= at once his rival and best friend) in 1 and 2 of the series, losing in 1, winning in 2 to retire. After retirement, in 3, invincible Clubber of mohican hairstyle (= the strongest challenger with his hungry spirit exposed, in contrast to Rocky who was living a satisfactory life) showed up to beat Rocky to near death at the second round or so, for him to lose. Then, Apollo told him, “As I will be your trainer, have a rematch with him to become the champion again”, and he did. In 4, Drago (= Amateur Heavy Weight Champion in Soviet Union) who had made practices based on computer calculation came over to punch Apollo in the exhibition match seriously like in the real match to death. Rocky then seriously got angry to face the match with him. While Drago was mechanically practicing like a computer, Rocky climbed mountains or cut trees. I think it wanted to prove that grass-root efforts seen in Showa era would finally win, not scientific methods.

Joichiro, the fourth champion belt no Japanese have ever achieved in sight, still faces boxing with his unchanged spirit. In addition to daily road work, once in his gym, he does training of close to 120 minutes not caring the interval buzzer. He loves boxing better than anyone else, living with boxing for 24 hours. Boxing has classes by weight, being a sport where you overcome hard weight loss to fight with your opponent on the same condition. Tough spirit will be the key to win or loss. While any sport would require “mind, technique, and body”, there is no sport that requires “mind” part as much. This “mind”, I believe, would shed a streak of light not only on the world of boxing but eventually on the entire world. We have to change beyond the simple formula of affirmation or negation.

Whether or not I have been born with such stardom, I think that to achieve something does require constant efforts, among which you’ll meet someone necessary and be led to the result.

For field and track, too, nowadays the time record of on 9 seconds is not unusual, right? In our age, Carl Lewis broke the wall of 10 seconds to “astound” us. Like we wondered if a human being could ever run that fast. I think in short this was due to his efforts, but something was different. Every human being does make efforts. There have been many players, but I do not remember them very well, but doesn’t Carl Lewis strike you like a thunder? It is his stardom. I think it would require something that attracts attention and makes people stop and “look back”, or a bit of being “out-of-size”. Will you just keep making serious efforts or involve a bit of obtrusiveness, which I have long practiced. What style will be in fashion in the coming future? Whether or not I have been born with such stardom, I think that to achieve something does require constant efforts, among which you’ll meet someone necessary and be led to the result. People watch what I do to be attracted, start to “care” about or feel like to meet me, which I think is so-called fan calls, being connected.

*Baby Boom::
in Japan, it often indicates the period of 1971 – 1974 which recorded more than 2 million births, with the generation born in this period often called “Dankai Junior” (kids of the post-war proliferate generation).

*Yankee::
From late 1980’s to early 1990’s, male / female delinquents in general were called “Yankee” in Japan, of whom regent-style hair and wide pants called “Dokan” or “Bontan” were characteristic.

*“Ashitano Joe”:
Literally meaning “Tomorrow’s Joe”. A cartoon in Japan, authored by Ikki Kajiwara; drawn by Tetsuya Chiba. Reverberating even while disseminated in Shukan Shonen Magazine (Weekly Boys’ Magazine), counted as the post-war biggest-hit, having affected many a boxer including Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.

*“Ganbare Genki”:
Literally meaning “Fight, Genki”. A cartoon in Japan by Yu Koyama. A renowned boxing cartoon along with “Ashitano Joe”.

*“Otokogumi”:
Literally meaning “Men’s club”. A cartoon in Japan, authored by Tetsu Kariya, drawn by Ryoichi Ikegami. A carton for boys about men fighting each other based on their own belief with Japan about 30 years after the war as its stage.

*“Karate Baka Ichidai”:
Literally meaning “Karate One Generation of Craze”. A cartoon in Japan, authored by Ikki Kajiwara, drawn by Jiro Tsunoda / Joya Kagemaru. Biographic carton about the earlier life of Mastutatsu Oyama, a legendary Karate man.

*Ikki Kajiwara:
A cartoon story teller, novelist, movie producer in Japan, having created hit stories one after another with martial arts and sports his topics, drawing the figure of fighting men sometimes wildly, sometimes finely.

*Hiroshi Motomiya:
A cartoonist in Japan. His stories with a male outlaw that reflects his own delinquent childhood are outstanding, with “Otoko Ippiki Gakidaisho” (Only One Delinquent Boss), “Orenosora” (My Sky), “Koha Ginjiro” (Hard-boiled Ginjiro), or “Salaryman Kintaro” as his main works.

*Ryoma Sakamoto:
A revolutionist in the latter stage of Edo era. Ran out of his biding state to create Kameyamashachu, at once a trading company and political organization. Bridged the alliance of states of Satsua and Choshu and prompted Edo government to return its hegemony to Emperor, having played important roles in thwarting the old regime and influencing Meiji Restoration.

*Musashi Miyamoto:
A blade martial artist in the early stage of Edo Era. The founder of Niten Ichiryu Hyoho school that employs two swords at the same time. His fights with Yoshioka family of martial artists in Kyoto or Kojiro Sasaki at Ganryujima are famous. His writing, “Gorinnosho” (Book of 5 Rings) is translated into and published in foreign languages.

*“Yaju Shisubeshi”:
Literally meaning “Beasts Should Die”. A novel by Haruhiko Oyabu. Made a movie many times. While many recognizes it as the work with Yusaku Matsuda as its hero, one with Tatsuya Nakadai (1959 version) and one with Hiroshi Fujioka (1974 version) are still very popular,

*“Yatsuhaka Mura”:
Literally meaning “Village with 8 Tomestones”. A long suspense novel by Seshi Yokomizo, one of “Kindaichi Kosuke series”. The first part of the story is told by the author himself; the rest will be by the recollection of the hero. Its style that involves factors such as customs and haunting in the mountain village has greatly affected mystery stories in the later generation. The name of the village has originated from Yatsuka village, Maniwa-gun (current Hiruzen, Maniwa-shi), a name that existed in neighborhood back then.

*“Rocky”:
An American movie in 1976. Directed by John G. Avildsen, storied and starred by Sylvester Stallone, Many of sequels that described the following stories have been created: “Rocky 2”, “Rocky 3”, “Rocky 4”, “Rocky 5”, “Rocky Balboa“, and “Creed” as its series.

*Carl Lewis:
A former male field and track player in U.S. Since he was first listed in the world rank of International Field and Track Federation in 1979 to the end of the Olympics Games in 1996, he has obtained 10 Olympics medals (9 gold medals), and 10 World Championship medals (8 gold medals).

 

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