[Cultural Exchange] Sumo Match Experience (相撲)

Sumo Experience
This is my first time coming to Ryōgoku Station (両国駅) where there was much displays relating to the sumos in the station since the stadium where the sumo matches take place was just around the corner.

Sumo Experience
Along the way was restaurants selling food that sumos would eat.

Sumo Experience
Over here, the sumos were treated like celebrities where fans would wait outside the side gate waiting for their favorite sumos to exit.

Sumo Experience
Most of the expensive seats were actually sold out. Ticket price can go as high as 50,000JPY or above.

Sumo Experience
The flags with the sumos’ names and their respective sponsors. The high tower held a drum where they would play the drum at the end of the day’s match.

Sumo Experience
Mural drawing.

Sumo Experience
Overhere, you can just pay 200JPY to have a bowl of steaming Chanko nabe, a stew usually eaten by the Sumo where they would get their proteins as part of their weight gain diet.

Sumo Experience
We were there on a Tuesday late afternoon and the place was 70% filled, can you imagine the place full house on a weekend and end of season.

Sumo Experience
Pretty much of the activities in the ring was still very traditional.

Sumo Experience
Considering their huge size, the sumos were pretty flexible as they were unable to bend their knees easily for the routine bows before each match.

Sumo Experience

Sumo Experience
Where the fight began……

Sumo Experience
A match is usually over in 20 seconds or 1-2 minutes.

The match between the top sumo player was over (literally) in less than 30 seconds?

Sumo Experience
How traditional is traditional? They still parade sponsors in flags where they would be marched before the match.

So of course the top sumo in Japan, does have a high number of sponsors.

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