Posted by: Ryoko
Sumo tounaments are held 6 times a year.
There are 3 times of sumo tounament in Tokyo, January, May, and September.
Each tounament takes place for 15 days.
Are you ready you guys for the exciting tour??
We walked along the Sumida River.
30 to 40 minutes later, we got to Ryogoku area.
A big sumo stadium stands out in frount of us.
Group picture time~~
Inside of the stadium, you can have a Chankonabe that is commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers as part of a weight gain diet.
The Chankonabe is a stew made up of a lot of protains (chickens, fish, beef, and tofu) and vegitables.
To gain weight, sumo wrestlers have a sumo training right after they wake up, and then they have a huge meal. After finish eating, they go to bed directly.
This is how sumo wrestlers' fat comes from.
If you want to lose weight, don't skip a breakfast. lol
Around 2pm, pofessional sumo wrestlers come thru the south gate.
Inside of the sumo stadium
The main part of the game starts around 3:30pm
Ring entering ceremony, performed only by high level of sumo wrestlers (juryo and makuuchi divisions)
The east and west sides perform dohyo-iri
The Yokozuna (grand champion) has his own dohyo-iri.
The Yokozuna Hakuho performed individually.
He is doing ''Shiko wo fumu'' that means stomping the ground.
This action drives out evil.
Rinse out the mouth by Chikaramizu (power water) and concentrate one's energy
After spit out water, the lips are wiped dry with Rikishi (power paper)
Throw the salt to purify the ring and pray for a safe match
The two sumo wrestlers face each other at the center of the ring
When a sumo referee calls ''Hakkeyo-i Nokotta!'' (ready and go!), a sumo battle starts.
Look! I got a nice shot!
The Yokozuna match happens at the end
The Yokozuna, Hakuho keeps winning so far
The bow-twirling ceremony performed at the end to show the satisfaction of today's match
After the tour, the guests who joined us became to addict to watch sumo games.
May Sumo Tounament is still running until May 23 (Sun).
You can buy a day ticket in front of Sumo stadium in Ryokoku. (2100 yen per person)
I really recommend to get a ticket in the morning, like around 9 am,
because their day tickets are sold out quickly.
It's not still late to go to watch!
Hurry up! This Sunday will be the last match!
Enjoy watching the Japanese hottest fighting game!!
Posted by: ryoko (May 21, 2010 9:51 PM)