Sasaki Kichisaburo Cup, a judo competition marking the centenary of that
sport in Hungary, started at Pestszentimre, a suburb of Budapest, yesterday.
The program features a series of sumo, aikido, shotokan karate and kendo
events, to be crowned by two matches of the national judo teams of Hungary and
Sasaki Kichisaburo was an eminent judo master who introduced the sport in
Hungary 100 years ago.
Addressing the event, Kichisaburo's grandson, nuclear physicist Shoji
Nagamiya said, "Judo was one of Japan's first export items. In 1907 my late
grandfather brought a batch of tatami mats to Hungary, trained 150 local
youngsters in this martial art and wrote a book entitled Djudo in Budapest."