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Nagoya Grand Sumo July Tournament 2019

The new era of sumo continues

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read
Venue: Dolphins Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium) When: Jul 7th - Jul 21st 2019 ,  10:00am - 5:00pm

Sumo's first tournament of the new Reiwa era saw a number of fascinating stories, but perhaps none more so than the surprise victory by the young wrestler, Asanoyama.

The first rank-and-file wrestler in almost 60 years to win a tournament, Asanoyama will be looking to justify his success with more of the same in the Nagoya tournament in July.

Freshly promoted ozeki, Takakeisho, is on the rebound from his injury-forced withdrawal in Tokyo while the ever popular Georgian wrestler Tochinoshin will be breathing a sigh of relief after overcoming some controversial judging in his successful bid to reclaim sumo's second highest ozeki rank.

Along with newly energised wrestlers like Abi and Ryuden who have surged up the rankings, the ever enigmatic behemoth Ichinojo and Hakuho, the greatest sumo wrestler of all time, July's Nagoya tournament is shaping up to be another must-see event in Japan.

The 15-day tournament will be held at the Dolphins Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium) in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture between the 7-21July 2019. Check the official website for ticketing information.

Getting there

Take Meijo Subway Line to Shiyakusho Station. Dolphins Arena is a 5-minute walk from Exit 7.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I drool over proper soba and sushi while Japanese aesthetics ticks all the right boxes for me.With over 100 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style, I also happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Kim B a month ago
I've always wondered how hot these tournaments get in the middle of summer! There's no A/C, right? Phew!