(August 1, 2003 — 7:00PM)
Aratani/Japan America Theater, Los Angeles
We coordinated a movie screening “Sumo East & West” with AKEBONO and filmmakers Ferne Pearlstein and Robert Edwards. A screening was held of the groundbreaking film showing professional Japanese sumo and international amateur sumo, including footage of AKEBONO. AKEBONO gave an exciting speech and answered audience questions after the screening. Fans of all ages kept calling out questions for half an hour until AKEBONO had to be pulled out for his next appearance.