|The show began with these three dancers|
Sometime in late January or early February, several friends and I rode a tour bus from Kadena to Kokusai Street in Naha to watch Okinawan professional wrestling. These "professionals" with names like "Habu Man" and "Mango Man" did their thing in a very small set-up on the fifth floor of a commercial building.
|To your corners! (Front left is a woman.)|
There was one lady wrestler who got out and mixed it up with the men - and she was actually as tough as any of the men in the show. Also, a threesome of girls got up and danced in the ring - somewhat similar to what we would call cheerleaders in America.
As you will notice from these photos, Okinawan wrestlers are not as big and rough as their American counterparts - due probably to a lack of steroids in their diets.
|The lady wrestler prepares to mix it up with the boys!|
|That'll teach him!|
|And this next match will be for a belt!|
|And here's the belt!|
|The fringe is so manly!|
|My mother's a what!|
|If you can wear a tail, I can wear pink!|
|Get ready. This is gonna hurt!|
|Hey, I'm over here!|
|Actually they're playing Twister!|
|Hey Punchy, wanna dance? They're playing our song.|
|Kelly's son, Michael, poses with a wrestler|
while Mom snaps a picture.