No, it wasn’t me in the ring. I didn’t fight. I’m too tiny for that. LOL.
I am one of those lucky travellers in Japan who came here during Sumo season: January, May and September.
Sumo Wrestling at Ryogukan Sumo Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.Sumo Wrestling at Ryogukan Sumo Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.Yesterday I went and watched alone. I was supposed to meet 5 couchsurfers at the subway exit but I was late for 20 minutes and was not able to find them later at the venue. Since everyone were traveler, communication was non existent between us.
I bought the general admission ticket for 2,100 yen. They’ll gave me the whole day tournament schedule, a sumo fan and a brochure about sumo. Before I got inide the Ryogukan Sumo Stadium, they told me to sanitize my hands by pointing at the hand sanitizer nearby, inside the makeshift tent.
When I went inside the stadium, I was surprised to see only very few people watching—with wonder and fascination.
It turned out that morning fights are the day’s preliminary fights. It’s not as exciting as you’ve seen on TV. Those who’ll go on the semi-final rounds will fight in late afternoon ’till evening where the event is televised via NHK Channel. People come and watch the event–so this means that you’ve got to sit according to your ticket seat number—because it will be crowded.
Two sumo wrestlers are introduced to each other.
Both warm up.
Or as they say, “break a leg.”
When the referee commands them to be in position, they do this.
Then, they fight, by pushing each other to the side.
Since both are strong and heavy, it takes a bit of time for the other one to be pushed outside the circle.
When they fight, they become very intimate. 😉
Like, really intimate! 🙂
In my observation, most fights only lasted in less than 3 minutes. There was even one that was less than 45 seconds.
Sumo seems to be a lost Japanese art. Young people seemed to be uninterested about this sport which fascinated droves of foreign visitors, including me, to Ryogukan Sumo Stadium.