A-Z SUMO Guide | Complete Japanese Sumo Session

#Sumo (相撲, sumō) is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national #sport. It originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto deities. Many rituals with religious background, such as the symbolic purification of the ring with salt, are still followed today. A roof representing Shinto shrine is suspended over the wrestling ring. In line with tradition, only men practice the sport professionally in Japan. Women are forbidden from entering or touching the ring. But they can watch sumo from any spots, including the ringside seats.

Six tournaments are held every year: three in #Tokyo and one each in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. Each tournament lasts for 15 days during which each wrestler performs in one match per day.

There are six divisions in sumo, in descending order of prestige:
makuuchi (幕内). Maximum 42 wrestlers
jūryō (十両). Fixed at 28 wrestlers
makushita (幕下). Fixed at 120 wrestlers
sandanme (三段目). Fixed at 200 wrestlers
jonidan (序二段). About 200 wrestlers
jonokuchi (序ノ口). Around 50 wrestlers


Yokozuna Hakuho, Yokozuna Kakryu, Ozeki Takakeisho, Ozeki Goeido, Sekiwake Takayasu, Komusubi Abi, Mageshira Enho, Mageshira Endo, Sekiwake Asanoyama, Mageshira Tokushoryu and more.

Born on1994, 1.68cm tall and 98kg.
Sumo debut in March 2017. Reached Makuuchi division in May 2019; he has been an entertaining wrestler to watch due to his smaller body size and unique techniques. His performance has been improving in every tournament and made huge progress in the ranking table. He became an inspiration to young sumo wrestlers and proved that size is not the only thing that matters in Sumo.

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