PHOTO There’s a samurai at the Vendée Globe (and he’s already made the web fall in love)


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  Kojiro Shiraishi (JAP), skipper Spirit of Yukoh, Ambiance chenal départ du Vendée Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne le 6 novembre 2016 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee Globe
There is a new idol of the crowds, who left everyone speechless at the start of the Vendée Globe (the nonstop solo round-the-world race from Les Sables d’Olonne). He does not appear among the favorites, but how can you not root for Kojiro Shiraishi, skipper of Spirit of Yukoh, the first Japanese to participate in the Vendée? He showed up on the start in a samurai costume complete with katana, the traditional Japanese sword. (photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee Globe).


Then again, says Simon Graham in the film “The Last Samurai,” “They say Japan was born from a sword. They say the ancient gods plunged a coral blade into the ocean, and when they drew it out, four perfect drops fell into the sea, and those drops became the islands of Japan. I say, that Japan was created by a handful of brave men, warriors willing to give their lives for what seems now a forgotten word: honor.” And it is precisely that honor that the already great Kojiro is chasing.




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