Photo: Hiroyo Matsumoto
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Guy deliberately bumping into women regrets it when he tries it on pro-wrestler

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By grape Japan

Japanese women's wrestlers can be just as a tough outside the ring--or even tougher, as wrestling legend Chigusa Nagayo proved when she stopped a man from assaulting a woman and broke her own finger in the process. Freelance women's wrestler Hiroyo Matsumoto recently went to Twitter to tell of another, although slightly more comical tell wrestling strength in daily life when she found her instincts as a wrestler accidentally surfacing against a surly passerby.

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"As I was passing someone on the street, they came at me bumped into me maliciously as if they were trying to knock me away, but because I have a habit of returning a blow if I get tackled, I accidentally sent him flying! I'm sorry...it was out of force of habit...I at least hope this can be an impetus for them to stop bumping into people."

In a case of funny timing, her wrestling colleague and occasional tag team partner DASH Chisako of Sendai Girls responded saying "The same thing happened to me yesterday!"

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If you're wondering why someone would purposefully go around trying to bump into people, it's an unfortunate occurrence in Japan explained by the term butsukariya (bumpers, bumping guys), or men who deliberately bump (usually with force) into women inside crowded areas or train stations. One such case in Shinjuku Station raised attention to the issue and resulted in increased security and surveillance.

As for Matsumoto and DASH, commenters on Twitter on expressing gratitude with some saying "Thank you so much for knocking him away!", "Thank you! This is good medicine for that person!", "I want knock away a bustsukariya too!", while other women have shared similar experiences.

If you're one of these serial bumpers, (well, first of all, seek help) it might not be best to do it to someone who earned the name "Lady Destroyer" for breaking a wall and a hardcore match queen.

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Good to know I'm not the only one getting bumped into and good on that lady for putting that jerk in his place.

26 ( +27 / -1 )

Great story. Thanks JT. With all the darkness in the news these days, this was a spirit lifter.

20 ( +20 / -0 )

These men do it deliberately. That is assault, but even when they aren't trying to physically knock you aside, women are expected to give way to men. Often, when a man is coming towards you from the opposite direction, he expects you - the woman - to get out of the way.

Try to keep walking straight ahead next time, see the bafflement.

20 ( +20 / -0 )

Freaking creeps! There's no end to the delusional and perverted ways Japanese men get their jollies. I'm glad to see women dishing it out to them. A few years ago I saw a young girl (early 20's) drop a chikan jiji to the ground at a train station with a karate kick to the chest. I just stood their applauding.

18 ( +28 / -10 )

I've had men here deliberately shoulder bump me twice. What they don't seem to realize is I'm over 90 K.G.s and was raised on red meat so I'm huge, but...dense(?). Hahaha!

One guy bounced off, and I knew it was deliberate because there was no look back or attempted excuse me. The other guy caught me on balance...he got wrecked. Hahahah!

18 ( +18 / -0 )

Reading this makes me so happy.

I wish I could have witnessed this.

That should teach the guy a lesson.

16 ( +16 / -0 )

They do it to men as well. I am a small guy in general compared to average Americans but bigger than Japanese in general however, there is always some clown that thinks they can shoulder me or umbrella me into submission. Ain't gonna happen and I am retired. Don't mess with a surfer.

...and by the way, no, I never walk staring at my cell phone. I like to be aware of my surroundings especially waiting on a train platform that has no protective doors.

Japan is safe in general but there are still crazies out there.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

If the ladies do requests, I'd like them to add an elbow drop on the next guy for good measure.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Fair play to her.

This is not just confined to Japan, of course. But it's always good to get one over the bullies.

@OssanAmerica quit crying

Interesting point, Johnny. Are you a bully yourself?

12 ( +12 / -0 )

I accidentally sent him flying!

Har!

If the ladies do requests, I'd like them to add an elbow drop on the next guy for good measure.

I want to see them do a sleeper on them. :D

11 ( +12 / -1 )

The article needs some serious editing, ... but good for her. My former g/f told me how she hates these guys in the Tokyo rush hour who think they have right of way and feel that need to prove it.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Yes “me too” men, we get it. You too can be victim but the reality is, this is a very common thing for women to deal with. Regardless of country. Welcome to being female for those of you unaware of the daily microagressions women face for merely existing.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Way to go Hiroyo!

10 ( +10 / -0 )

"Freelance women's wrestler Hiroyo Matsumoto"

Good for her! BTW, Is she related to female wrestler "Dump" Matsumoto from the 1980s?

9 ( +9 / -0 )

I have only ever been bumped by old people who walk around like they own everything. I hope it wasn't an old man that got slammed.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

At Maria

It's not just women that these idiots target, I've seen them target foreigners smaller than them. Those butsukariya usually have a serious mental defect going on to be doing that. It's only matter of time before someone ends up falling down onto the tracks in some station that still doesn't have those gates installed.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

@troll

"teaching" is not "crying".

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Once in a while, a nice story. Karma came back to bite him!

8 ( +9 / -1 )

It's not only women that get bumped. If you have a large backpack they'll bump you in places like supermarkets.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Wish I could have seen that, great job of hers!

I've never heard of men who are "butsukariya".

Yeah, thats very manly, knocking innocent women anywhere, what a bunch of retards.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

@Maria

As mentioned above it’s not just against women. I and a number of my male friends have also experienced this more than once.

It’s not just a Japan thing either, folks. Happens pretty much in crowded cities everywhere.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

I never heard of butsukariya before cell phones became ubiquitous.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Is she related to female wrestler "Dump" Matsumoto from the 1980s?

No, she is not. I saw Dump about 4 years ago, still doing her thing.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I never heard of butsukariya before cell phones became ubiquitous.

No. That is talking about people who purposely bump into others, just for kicks. It's a different phenomenon, as explained in the article.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Good on her. I hope HE broke something, too, in his fall. Haven't there been a few posters on here who have bragged about how they will crash into people willingly, or stop their cars in front of cyclists, because they don't like what that person is doing? (like if they are walking and looking at a cell phone or cycling on the sidewalk). Wish there were more people like this who will show them how it feels.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Had one bump me purposefully just a week ago. He did seem to do it on purpose. He caught me off guard and i was getting on my bicycle. Couldn’t return the blow in the narrow crowded street. New Japanese hobby? So much for the peaceful Japanese image.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

blvtzpk

What’s being retired got to do with this?

He's obviously inferring that he's an older gentleman.

And why do you keep reminding us about your status?

It's the first I've seen mention of it. But, even if it wan't, it's no different than mentioning one's job or hobby.

Why does it matter so much to you? Envious of his status? Hey, I'm retired too. Sure beats working.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

DisillusionedToday  07:21 am JST

Freaking creeps! There's no end to the delusional and perverted ways Japanese men get their jollies.

It's far from all "Japanese men" obviously. There's an English word "some" which differentiates between a minority or as a whole. You really should take a good look at the way you post.

4 ( +15 / -11 )

The last time I witnessed such behavior, was a guy literally followed the donkeys and literally his foot went up the donkeys behind. I really think he lifted the donkey about 2 inches off the ground or so it looked like. The squabble ended abruptly with an apology to the victim, his wife.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I always say "sumimasen" unlike most the japanese that push everyone on the trains but when those salary men look at me with dirty look for disturbing there game play and stand in my way then I don't care at that point.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Similar stories from Brazil where muggers have targeted women who turn out to be martial experts! I remember one where a woman had the guy's head in between her thighs. Begging for mercy!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Every day here, I have sent a lot of men (and women) flying. What the hell is it with people wanting to walk into you?

Unless you're a revolving door, who knows?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

but if your going to stand at the door and expect me to go around you while you play your Anime Hentai RPG Keitai game. I am going through you.

You could just say "excuse me", rather than come over all Chuck Norris, like.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

@‘Tom’

Ain't gonna happen and I am retired.

What’s being retired got to do with this?

And why do you keep reminding us about your status?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I'm not sure I am understanding the behavior in the article. Do men do this as a sexual thing, like the chikan? Or, is it just a display of power to make up for a general feeling of powerlessness in their work or home lives?Or, is it like the a-holes who deliberately shove smartphone users to prove some sort of twisted point?

Maybe a little bit of each?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Why pick on the old folks. They are having a difficult time getting around and sometimes loose their balance. However if they are those 86 year old men trolling for children in supermarkets please bump into them giving a good kick in where the sun does not shine. At age 76 about 200 lbs over 6 feet I have the advantage, but sometimes I run into people by mistake. Afro-American folks in NYC are the most forgiving but my Boston brethren are not. Never got bumped in Japan .Furthermore the expression " If you bump into him or her please say hello" might take on new meaning if we were not so busy . Love the little older ladies in Kyoto in matching hats who have a pack mentaliy when boarding buses. Usually the lead lady gets to the door first then the sharp elbow troop follows to secure seats. Younger girls might take notice to travel safely with older ladies

HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Good for her. Some guy just got a lesson about civility.

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@tmarie

Welcome to being female for those of you unaware of the daily microagressions women face for merely existing.

you’re not going to win any discussion about who’s a greater victim of male violence. check the statistics. let’s just leave it at everyone being victimized, without any pet arguments, before this gets silly.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Butsukariya - experienced them in Japan for 17 years. Its usually a cheap shot when you're not looking. And they disappear around the corner.

I followed a butsukariya in Shinagawa station and shoved him back. Not a small bloke. But he won't be doing that again for a while. Another one once got my heavy laptop computer in his shins.

Its easy to say just keep away from them or don't get involved, but these guys do it on purpose and look for it. So I say give it right back.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It's far from all "Japanese men" obviously. There's an English word "some" which differentiates between a minority or as a whole. You really should take a good look at the way you post

This is rich coming from the guy that paints all South Koreans with the same brush.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

I don't try and walk into people but if your going to stand at the door and expect me to go around you while you play your Anime Hentai RPG Keitai game. I am going through you.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I once had a guy, walking towards me in an eki, punch me in the chest, and a woman kick my shin and just walk away, like it was a normal occurrence. It comes from stress at work I guess, and the foreigner is the easy target. Ive seen Japanese guys do it to women also; getting off the train once, this guy shoved a woman, she complained and he made this gesture to me that she was crazy. Life in the city...not fun.

Kind of punk like behavior if you ask me; they know if they do it to the wrong Japanese, things could become violent.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Send me flying anytime.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY

Go raibh maith agat, a chara. It's not until 17th but the sentiment is appreciated.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Deliberately bumping into women? What a weird world we live in.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

@garypen

Being older and retired plays no part in this, and I am in no way jealous of others being retired.

Nonetheless, as the famous cartoon caption says, "On the Internet, no one knows that you're a dog."

0 ( +0 / -0 )

As a joshi fan, just one clarification. Hiroyo didnt earn the name for just breaking a wall, she broke that wall by throwing another woman through it during a match. She also runs a shop with noted japanese wrestling/MMA legend Minoru Suzuki. Yeah she really is a badass

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Every day here, I have sent a lot of men (and women) flying. What the hell is it with people wanting to walk into you?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

From experience it's more often the other way around... And, Women with huge bags over their Shoulders just seemingly don't care who they're going to run into - Small kids, or Big guys....

I've not yet seen people purposely go out of their way to "bump" into Women as in this story - though I have experienced the rush hour frustrations when people try to do so to me (I'm short)... Though apologies if I didn't step aside and bump into some other person simply to avoid you bumping off me. (Like those Wrestling chicks, perceptions can be deceiving).

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I'd wrestle with her any day of the week.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

OssanAmerica - It's far from all "Japanese men" obviously. There's an English word "some" which differentiates between a minority or as a whole. You really should take a good look at the way you post.

Some? I would be more inclined to use 'many' or 'most' if I was to add an adverb. The fact I didn't use an adverb was deliberate to leave it up to interpretation. It was only you who interpreted it as 'all'.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

@OssanAmerica quit crying

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