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See Live Sumo in Japan!
Tickets to Japan’s national sport are highly sought after as locals and tourists alike look to experience firsthand this unique and captivating event. Sumo is quite possibly one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world and one of the oldest organized sports. It goes back to ancient Shinto traditions in Japan and was meant to entertain the gods but became an official sport sometime after 1600. The fact that it is still such an integral part of modern Japanese culture has people intrigued beyond belief over this exemplary Japanese experience. If you’re going to be in Japan or are planning a trip to the home of live sumo, get information on events and buy your grand sumo tournament tickets well before your trip!
Grand Sumo Tournaments: History and Traditions Stand Strong
More than fifteen hundred years ago, Sumo wrestling came to be. Over the years, the sport has developed into something more professional and mature. Despite these changes, tradition still remains a strong part of the sport. For example, before bouts, sumo wrestlers drink a sip of sacred water and throw purifying salt in the ring. Symbols from the Shinto times can be found all around. During various ceremonies, wrestlers perform traditional “dances”. The whole day from the opening ceremony and the order of wrestlers, to the closing ceremony and naming of the grand champion, or Yokozuna.
A Sumo Wrestler’s Diet
Since there are no weight or class restrictions for sumo wrestlers, a lot of importance weighs (literally) on the weight of the wrestler. The smallest of sumo wrestlers could be put up against the largest. For this reason sumo wrestlers eat about 20,000 calories a day! To put that in perspective, that is 10 times what a normal person eats. Until you’ve seen a bout in person, it’s hard to imagine how truly large these men are. On average, they are about 185 centimeters tall and weigh 148 kilograms. It really is something bizarre to see a person of that size moving so quickly and with so much strength! Purchase a Grand Sumo Tournament ticket to see it for yourself!
More Sumo Wrestling Events
Keep in mind that you can’t see a Sumo Tournament any time you are in Japan. But fortunately you have the opportunity to see Grand Sumo Tournaments live six times a year! Each one lasts 15 days and they are usually held in Tokyo (January, May and September), Osaka (March Grand Sumo Tournament), Fukuoka (November Grand Sumo Tournament), and Nagoya (July). Grand Sumo Tournament tickets tend to go on sale about one month prior to the first day of the tournament. So mark your calendars and set your alarms to buy your Grand Sumo Tournament tickets and experience Sumo Wrestling live for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Take a break from the neon lights and hustle and bustle of the cities and sit down in a ring-side seat at a sumo tournament. It’s a cultural event you surely won’t regret… or forget!
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