Unique Japan Tours in Architecture, Art, Design and Culture by Robert Day Travel
One of the highlights of the May 2016 Japan Fashion, Architecture & Design Tour was spending the afternoon at a Sumo tournament. It was a wonderful spectacle of colour, ritual and noise. To book or to find out more about a Japan tour by Robert Day Travel – Japan Architecture Tours, contact us at http://www.japanarchitecturetours.com/contact-us.html
A Sumo “wrestler”, or Rikishi as they are known in Japanese, spend many hours a day, training over many years to reach the highest rank of Yokozuna. Weight gain is an important part of a Rikishi’s rise through the sumo ranks
Believed to have started as an organised sport around 2000 years ago, Sumo developed into the spectator sport that most resembles modern Sumo during the Edo Period (1603-1868). It is Japan’s National sport filled with ancient Shinto religious rituals and symbols, colourful costumes and based on very simple rules.
The rules of Sumo are very simple – force the other rikishi out of the ring or make him touch the ring surface with another part of his body other than the soles of his feet.
Over the 15 days of a tournament, a Rikishi must win a majority of bouts in order to gain promotion. The ultimate goal is achieve the highest rank of Yokozuna.
One of the most colourful parts of a sumo tournament is the daily Dohyo-iri or Ring Ceremony during which the Rikishi enter the Dohyo (ring) wearing their colourful Kesho-mawashi (decorative aprons)
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Sumo is very much part of the Shinto religion and some shrines have their own Dohyo