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A big day out at the sumo (Japan)
Japan Times ^ | 08/20/2013 | Jason Jenkins

Posted on 08/20/2013 7:57:17 PM PDT by TexGrill

They’re sweaty, they’re chubby and they love pushing each other around. But enough about the folks at my family reunion, let’s talk about sumo. This quintessentially Japanese sport is a lot of fun to witness with kids, and the Ryogoku neighborhood surrounding Tokyo’s Kokugikan sumo stadium has several other places worth visiting, too.

Each sumo tournament lasts two weeks, and the next one in Tokyo starts Sept. 15. Tickets cost upward of ¥10,000 to sit near the dohyō (sumo arena), but I prefer the general admission section. These are the cheapest seats in the house — the very last row where the stairs meet the ceiling — and tickets are just ¥2,100 for adults and ¥200 for kids (under 4 is free). But are the closer seats worth it? Perhaps, but the Kokugikan isn’t a big place, and even the back row offers a decent view. Sumo wrestlers are big, remember, and you can still hear the slap of flesh on flesh and make out their facial expressions when they get a stray forearm to the neck. My daughter brought along a pair of cheap plastic binoculars to admire the detail in their kesho-mawashi (ornamental loincloths). But while binoculars are a nice bonus, they are not required to enjoy yourself. The only downside to the cheap seats is that large groups may not be able to sit together, unless on a weekday.

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1 posted on 08/20/2013 7:57:17 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

Sumo with normal sized people and matches that aren’t fixed is an interesting sport.

2 posted on 08/20/2013 8:28:03 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: TexGrill

Sorry, but they lost my interest after the match fixing scandal. Yes, I knew it was going on, but I still wanted the cognitive dissonance.

3 posted on 08/20/2013 8:38:16 PM PDT by struggle
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To: TexGrill
Super traditional, but the sport is wracked with yaucho --bout fixing.

For years there were rumors but it turned out that, as with pro-"wresting", the outcomes of most bouts were being arranged in advance in order to benefit betting.

There was no real suspense, after these things became well known.

Maybe sumo has overcome that history? I don't know now, since I stopped following it completely.

The fans are old people and foreigners.

4 posted on 08/20/2013 9:10:51 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: struggle

exactly my reaction!

5 posted on 08/20/2013 9:11:20 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Impy

I read somewhere that in Mongolia women have taken up sumo in a big way.

6 posted on 08/20/2013 9:44:38 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: The_Reader_David

Now THAT would be something to see.

7 posted on 08/20/2013 10:15:34 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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