Sumo Wrestling at Ryoguku Kokugikan

Public practice session before Grand Sumo Tournament

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read

Before the Grand Sumo Tournament started on May 10th, a public practice session was held at the tournament venue, Ryogoku Kokugikan near Ueno.

Entrance was free, and people waited four abreast in a long queue to get into the hall at 7am. First up were the lower level wrestlers in black fundoshi (loincloths), then the high level wrestlers in light colored fundoshi took the ring.

The climax of the morning was seeing two Yokuzuna (wrestlers of the highest rank). It was my first time to watch sumo, and I think the power of these massive wrestlers clashing makes sumo a very exciting spectator experience!

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.