Friday, June 09, 2006 |  Michael Schneider
A delegation of Japan’s – and the world’s – top sumo wrestlers, made their debut in Israel, holding their first match at the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheater in Caesarea, thrilling Israelis. Winner of the match was Kotooshu, 23, who holds the second highest ranking of Ozeki is a Bulgarian Christian and ranked third in Japan.

“In Japan we always hear bad news about Israel, but I experienced a very peaceful and beautiful country,” Kotooshu told israel today.

The sumo wrestlers came under the banner of “Fellowship and Peace,” and as part of an initiative to promote Israel to the Japanese.

The Sumo wrestlers ended their tour of the Holy Land with a visit to the Dead Sea. They posed for a promotion photo floating on the water, with a campaign slogan: “Floating safely on the water of the Salt Sea! Come to Israel, it’s safe!”

To see the full article, see the July issue of israel today

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