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Sumo(Year-round)

Sumo is a combat sport where two Rikishis or Sumo wrestlers fight in the dohyo ring utilizing various winning techniques (Kimarite). This sport is widely acknowledged internationally as a typical national Japanese sport with a long history. Intensive sparring bouts of power or tremendous throws attract everyone from children to seniors and this sport still retains a deep-rooted popularity today. Sumo has an official ranking list called "Banzuke" that shows the comparative strength of Rikishis, and the higher ranks are called Makuuchi and Rikishis with ability in Makuuchi join the San-yaku (Komusubi, Sekiwake, Ozeki) or three highest ranks below Yokozuna. At the top, there is Yokozuna. Official grand Sumo tournaments are held 6 times a year. Each tournament lasts 15 days, and the Rikishi gaining the most wins takes first prize. The results of the grand Sumo tournament greatly affect their ranking in the "Banzuke" for the next tournament.


[Opening time]
·New Year Grand Sumo Tournament
(1st or 2nd Sunday in January, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo)
·Spring Grand Sumo Tournament (Osaka basho)
(2nd Sunday in March, Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium)
·Summer Grand Sumo Tournament
(2nd Sunday in May, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo)
·Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament
(1st or 2nd Sunday in July, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
·Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament
(2nd Sunday in September, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo)
·Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament
(2nd Sunday in November, Fukuoka Convention Center)