Tora! Tora! Tora! Toro? Toro? Toro?

August 4, 2009

Blog guy, you’ve had a lot of photos lately of Spanish bullfighters getting tossed around and trampled. So like, is there any chance they’ll run out of them soon?

That would be nice, but I’m afraid not. See, they’re importing them from Asia now.

You mean like cars?

Pretty much. Here are some photos of Taira Nono, an apprentice bullfighter from Japan in southern Spain over the weekend.

How do you suppose Japanese guys get interested in that?

I think it’s a mistranslation. thing. The Japanese have that word tora…

Like the Jewish scriptures?

No, that’s Torah. Tora means tiger in Japanese, and toro is bull in Spanish. You can see the confusion. So when a bull comes out instead of a tiger, it actually seems like a pretty good deal to this guy. Once he texts his fellow tiger-fighters back home, watch out!

But why would serious Spanish bullfighting fans come to see a guy named Nono?

I believe they thought they were coming to a Bono concert.

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Japanese apprentice bullfighter Taira Nono prepares to perform a pass to a bull during a bullfight in Torremolinos, Spain, August 2, 2009. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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Shouldn’t that be; Tolo, Tolo, Tolo!

Posted by some guy who went 'there' | Report as abusive

If you studied your Portuguese you would know that that is stupid, stupid, stupid.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

In the bottom pic it looks like Nono is gearing up for a big, “BANZAIIII!!!”

Posted by gwmc | Report as abusive

Toro is also fatty tuna (belly) sushi.

Yummmmy!

Posted by Dorf | Report as abusive

Well, the next step could be to make sushi out of the bull, once the bullfight is over! …Nah, you’re right… probably a bad idea.

Posted by M | Report as abusive

Q: What kind of car does Taira Nono drive?

A: A Toyota, Toyota, Toyota!

Posted by some guy (again) | Report as abusive

Just discovered your blog yesterday – I laugh til the tears roll down my cheeks. Blog Guy, you are the funniest!

Posted by Quentin | Report as abusive

Thanks for the kind words, Quentin. Please come back often and bring your friends….

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive