Today, myself and a couple of friends from Sheffield Uni +1, headed on down to the Grand Sumo Hall in Ryougoku, on the JR Sobu line just east of Akihabara.It’s day 9 of one of the six annual Grand Sumo Tournaments held throughout Japan.
It’s the first time I’ve been to see a sumo tournament. Despite having the cheapest seats in the house, we had a perfect view of the ring.
I don’t know much about sumo, and as there’s plenty of information out there I don’t think I’ll try and explain either. Instead, here’s a few shots of the action – a video will follow.
Rolling huggles are a prominent feature of bouts.
Biting is prohibited but sometimes unavoidable.
Advertising Sumo style – these moving commercials parade around the ring between bouts.
Go for the throat!
Here, the famous non-Japanese wrestler whose name I forget picks up his opponent by his pony tail and throws him out of the ring.
On losing, it is common for wrestlers to crawl around and cry
These chaps get together to make decisions following bouts where it is not clear who has won
There’s a lot of posing. The higher ranking the wrestler, the longer they spend stomping and slapping.
Now there’s a sign of affection if ever I saw one.
The chap who declares the winner
When the wrestling is over, a wrestler performs a closing ceremony with a spinning baton.