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Tournoi de sumo à Tokyo
It is with my new American buddy that I was going to see a sumo match last September at Ryogoku Kokugikan stadium in Tokyo. It was my first live sumo tournament. I was drooling at the idea of finally seeing these giants of fat and muscle, rikishi (Warriors force) to bang against each other. I was not disappointed, because even if we were sitting on the third floor, I could still hear the sound of the impact.
Each year, six sumo tournaments or “honbasho” are organized. The first half of the season takes place in Tokyo in the months of January, May and September in Ryogoku. Then in March, tournaments are held in Osaka and finally Fukuoka in November.
To properly put us in mind, we went to the restaurant chanko nabe, where they serve the same food eaten by sumo wrestlers. Conclusion: no wonder that they have a life expectancy of 10 years less than the national average. In addition, it is almost assured that sumo slaps diabetes and / or high blood pressure.
The games begin as early as 8:30 am, but the really interesting part starts at 15h. There may be a certain length, and they can quickly become redundant. It is rare that a match lasts more than a minute, but the preparation and small ceremony before each game can easily last five minutes. As the silly tourist thought behind us, this ceremony is not for stretching, and the referee does not say let’s get ready to rumble. The purpose of lifting their leg and letting the foot strike the ground it is to ward off demons. Then they clap their hands and extend their arms to show that they are not armed. The referee then announces the name of the wrestlers.[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/49834375[/vimeo]
The rules of a sumo match are rather simple. Not so simple are the customs and traditions surrounding the course of a game. Not to mention the rigorous training that must be endured by the sumo heya, or stable.
The sole purpose of this game is to throw his opponent out of the dohyo (ring) or to drop it. According to the booklet, illustrated sumo techniques, that I bought at the counter Remember, there are about 82 techniques to bring down an opponent. This detail surprised me, but not as much as the ridiculous price I paid as a tourist for the book.
Sumo Gambling yakuza Controversies
Over the last decade, it seems we can no longer find any events, sports, or activities without the yakuza being involved. Since its origin is as old as the yakuza, the sport is no exception.
I say good, it adds spice.
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