martial arts & sports


Sumô 相樸 sumô

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Sumô, the national sport of Japan, is an unique ancient form of wrestling, and professional sumô ist still performed in the traditional fashion with different kind of rituals and conventions, which have remained virtually unchanged for several hundred years. With the raise of bushi (warrior) society, sumô was used as a martial art to discipline both mind and body. Sumô is performed in a circular earthern ring called dohyô. There are six Grand Sumô Tournaments a year (Tôkyô - Ôsaka - Tôkyô - Nagoya - Tôkyô - Fukuoka), each lasting 15 days.

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