Penitensya

As a sign of contrition and repentance, Filipino volunteers engage in the yearly tradition of Penitensya. An ancient and bloody tradition, Penitensya pits man’s flesh against self-inflicted wounds, exemplifying Catholic piety and devotion in one of the holiest days of the year: Good Friday. Volunteers would kneel down, while assistants would run a blade downContinue reading “Penitensya”

Tokyo Sumo Bout

There was excitement and anticipation in the air, when, two years ago, I walked the periphery of the Ryogoku Stadium to watch the September 2015 tournament bout. Colorful banners waved in the air, cheerfully showcasing the names of the dozens of wrestlers I would be seeing today. Each one of them would only have oneContinue reading “Tokyo Sumo Bout”