日本: Sumo

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sumo Falling

Talk about once in a lifetime opportunity. I took my mother to a sumo tournament in Osaka.

In two hours, we saw about 20 bouts. Each rikishi only has one match per day, but the tournament continues for ~14 days. We only watched the Makuuchi Division, and that was enough excitement for one evening. Before each match, the wrestlers are limited to 4 minutes of ceremonies: raising and stomping legs in a squat, staring each other down, and throwing purifying salt. And then, the actual wrestling lasts for about 20 seconds. When the crowd's upset by the outcome of a match, they throw their seat cushions.

It gets pretty intense in the stadium.

Osaka Bodymaker Colosseum
Sumo Wrestlers walking to the entry
Sumo Tournament Opening Ceremonies
Sumo Close
Salt Purifying Sumo Bow-Closing Ceremony
Leg Swinging Ceremony
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

3 comments:

Carolyn Watson-Dubisch said...

Fantastic! Did you get to throw your seat cushion?

S.I.F. said...

OK, that is SO cool!

rooth said...

Whoa - this looks SO COOL and so very intense

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