Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Sumo Tournament in Tokyo Ryougoku

Hello everyone!!How are you?

Did you have wonderful Golden Week?

Incase you were interrupted by a dense crowd of people out in the city, just
as I was, and were not able to enjoy the Japanese Holiday as expected, I
would like to inform you that there will be Sumo wrestling tournament held
from 12th to 26th of May just for you to be refreshed and to experience
Japanese Tradition at the same time!!

Sumo is Japanese style wrestling and it is a national sport of Japan. It
originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto(※)
god, and many rituals with religious background are still followed until
today. (※”Shinto” is the ancient religion of Japan that has gods who
represent various parts of nature, and gives great importance to people who
died in the past.)

The basic rules of sumo are simple: the wrestler who first touches the
ground with anything besides the soles of his feet, or who leaves the ring
before his opponent, loses. Fights take place on an elevated ring, called a
"dohyo", which is made of clay and covered in a layer of sand.

The fights themselves usually last only a few seconds, or in rare cases,
about a minute.

There are six tournaments held every year, and each one is lasting 15 days.

Three out of six tournaments are held in Tokyo (January, May and September),
and one each in Osaka (March), Nagoya (July) and Fukuoka (November)

Tournament in Tokyo will be held in Kokugikan Sumo Stadium in Tokyo

It surely would be an unforgettable experience once in your lifetime.

Have an exciting week!!

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