Why is chanko nabe (sumo wrestlers’ stew) usually fish and chicken?

After all, if you want to put on muscle and fat, meat has to be best!

According to the (admittedly fairly unreliable) book Sushi and Beyond, it is because four legged animals remind one of a defeated sumo wrestler down on the ground, and are therefore bad luck for rikishi.

More coming from that book in the next few posts.


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