Sumo 101: Kokugikan

Sumo Jul 10, 2019

Sumo 101: Kokugikan

by John Gunning

Three of the six yearly Grand Sumo tournaments are held in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The large structure, located next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Sumida Ward, opened in 1985. It also houses a sumo museum as well as the offices of the Japan Sumo Association. The ...

Retirement ceremonies often full of emotion

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Jun 19, 2019

Retirement ceremonies often full of emotion

by John Gunning

It's no secret that difficulty in procuring tickets is one of the main hurdles preventing overseas visitors from being able to watch sumo in person. In recent years, third-party agents, some catering almost exclusively to foreign tourists, have provided fans with an alternative means of ...

Trophy presented by Trump to go on display at sumo museum

Sumo May 27, 2019

Trophy presented by Trump to go on display at sumo museum

The American-made trophy presented by U.S. President Donald Trump at a sumo tournament will join the sport's historical materials at a museum in Tokyo, the sport's governing body said Monday. The President's Cup, which was presented by Trump to the winner of the Summer Grand ...

Sumo wrestlers make beefy salute to first day of Japan's new era

Sumo May 1, 2019

Sumo wrestlers make beefy salute to first day of Japan's new era

Sumo's biggest stars joined some 70 fellow heavyweights of the sport in using their bodies to spell out the two kanji characters representing Japan's new imperial era name, as the country celebrated the enthronement of its new emperor Wednesday. The wrestlers from the top two ...

Sumo Jan 26, 2019

Sumo 101: Tickets

by John Gunning

Sumo tickets go on sale roughly about six weeks before the start of every tournament. There are various categories and prices, as well as certain kinds of seats that are unique to particular venues, but generally speaking tickets fall into two main groups — masu ...

Sumo 101: Championship portraits

Sumo Jan 19, 2019

Sumo 101: Championship portraits

by John Gunning

One of the most striking features of Ryogoku Kokugikan is the ring of giant portraits hanging from the rafters. The 32 images (each 3.17 x 2.22 meters including frame) show the winners for the past 32 tournaments. Prior to each of the three annual Tokyo meets, ...

Sumo 101: Museums

Sumo Nov 22, 2018

Sumo 101: Museums

by John Gunning

It's no surprise that sumo, an activity hundreds (possibly thousands) of years old, has several museums solely dedicated to its history. What is surprising however is just how small the official Japan Sumo Association one is. Tucked away inside Ryogoku Kokugikan the museum consists of a ...

Kisenosato aces test against Goeido

Sumo May 16, 2016

Kisenosato aces test against Goeido

Kisenosato came through his toughest test yet with flying colors on Monday, blasting out fellow ozeki Goeido to stay tied for the lead at 9-0 with yokozuna Hakuho at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Goeido (7-2) took the initiative at the tachiai, knocking back Kisenosato ...