Tokyo Sumo Tournament (January, May and September)
You've probably dreamed of seeing Sumo, the unlikely, strangely fascinating athletes. You now have the opportunity to do so.
The Sumotori, Japanese Stadium Gods
Amusing or terrifying, but always mysterious, sumo wrestling is fascinating. Japanese wrestling, or sumotori, is a sport that has its roots in religion, but is still very much alive today, watched on TV and in stadiums, and followed closely by male and female fans alike. What one goes to see at a sumo tournament is not only these giants clashing on their earthen arena, but one also goes for the atmosphere of the place, the shouts of encouragement from the audience, the referee's costume, the rituals of the rikishi (another name for Sumo) who are focusing before the fight, etc...
See Sumo in Ryogoku, Tokyo
Ryogoku is known as Sumo's headquarters. It is here that the Kokugikan, the stadium where Sumo tournaments are held, the training areas, and the restaurants where the Sumo go to eat can be found. Twice a year, in January and September, the stadium hosts a tournament that lasts several days and at the end of which the title of "Yokozuna", champion, is awarded to the one who has managed to defeat all his opponents. Sumo fights are short but intense, and above all very impressive.