When I was a little girl I used to love to watch sumo wrestling. That’s probably kind of weird right? I mean not if I were Japanese, but I’m not, so yeah. lol I had a favorite wrestler and everything so when the hubby suggested that we should try to watch a sumo match while we were Japan I was all about it! If you think you might want to do the same it is important to know that sumo tournaments are only held six times a year. Luckily there happened to be a tournament during the time that we were going to be there so we bought some tickets from buysumotickets.com and that was that. The tournament we went to was in Nagoya. We planned our trip so that we would finish up in Kyoto, ride the bullet train to Nagoya, watch the matches, and then ride the bullet train to Tokyo. Everything worked out perfectly. After we arrived in Nagoya we headed to the subway where we would have our first sumo sighting! Sumo wrestlers aren’t allowed to drive cars.
Sumo wrestlers are expected to wear their hair in a topknot (chonmage) and traditional Japanese clothing when they are public.
Sumo matches are an all day event. The lower ranked wrestlers go first and the highest ranked wrestlers are the last to go.
Some wrestlers can barely lift their legs, while others prefer a full stretch. Maybe a show of flexibility is intimidating, not sure. 🙂
Matches are not based on size. Yeah, the little dude didn’t win. lol
The lower ranked wrestlers wear black belts (mawashi) while the professionals wear colored ones. The belts are two feet wide by 30 feet long and wrapped around the wrestler 4-7 times. If one of the wrestlers were to have a wardrobe malfunction he would automatically be disqualified.
Best match of the day. After almost being pushed out twice, the wrestler in pink would come back to win it!
Salt is thrown to purify the ring.
The top level wrestlers entrance ceremony.If you’re considering a trip to Japan and have any interest in sumo you should definitely research when the tournaments are taking place so that you can go. We had a great time and it was such a unique cultural experience to get to see in person. Loved it!