Sumo ー 相撲

When I first came to Tokyo, in October 2007, it was for three months. My husband was working every day, and I don’t know how it happened, but I ended up watching the November tournament and I got hooked.


It might seem like a strange sport to fall in love with, but I love the ceremony, the athleticism, and most of all the various characters that make up the upper ranks of sumo (the white guy from Belarus, the two battling Mongolian champions, etc.) For each of those 15 days, 4:00 pm would find me in front of the television, watching the best 15 battle, round robin style, until the one with the most wins was awarded the Emperor’s Cup.


Watching sumo on TV is fun; but getting the chance to watch it live is even better. It’s so exciting to hear the crowd cheer for their favourite wrestlers. You can even pass lower ranking sumo wrestlers in the hall after their matches.


1 comment:

  1. Dear Kate,

    Being passionate about Japan and its traditions, I've been following your blog for quite a while now. I'm more than delighted to read you enjoy sumo, since I am a fan of sumo as well. I went to the Nagoya Basho 3 times and, other than that, I watch it from home (Paris) on the Nihon Sumo Kyokai's website. During the next tournament, when I'm watching, I'll be thinking of you ;-)



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