2011年09月28日

During the official sumo tournament held six times a year, many sumo wrestlers can be found in the area around the venue.

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The official sumo tournament is held at Ryogoku Kokugikan, also known as Suno Hall in Tokyo, three times out of six and others in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.
The tournament is performed all day long for fifteen days, with the matches for low-ranking wrestlers in the morning and for high-ranking ones in the afternoon.
Sumo watching in a short time can be enjoyed because a ticket sold on the day of the match is usually available except for a weekend or the last day. The picture taken in front of Ryogoku Kokugikan during the official tournament shows young wrestlers are joyfully talking with their funs.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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2010年04月19日

Many sumo stables concentrating in the vicinity of Ryogoku in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, hold an early morning hard practice under the stable master's coaching.

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Every sumo wrestler belongs to a sumo stable to become a full-fledged wrestler through a hard training early in the morning on the whole from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.. He has to learn not only sumo tricks but also manners and formalities as a sumo wrestler. These sorts of trainings are carried out by every stable and many of them are opened to the public, provided that the visitors refrain from a festive mood because the practice is not a show at all. No whispering, no flash and no leaving are allowed until the end of the keen discipline. Every visitor is strictly required to pay a respect to the stable master and wrestlers. Sumo seems to be a sport but in fact it is a kind of divine service used to be observed in front of the shinto god.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2009年11月22日

"Chanko", dishes prepared for the sumo wrestlers, is the specialty of this restaurant.

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This simple house is one of the special restaurants only serve "Chanko" dinner,the sumo wrestlers one-pot dish.
"Chanko"originally was served only in sumo stables for the sumo wrestlers. Cooking and serving such meal is a part of young wrestlers duty. Later some of these ex-sumo wrestlers started chanko restaurants and now in Ryogoku and its visinity, many chanko restaurants are opened to the gourmets and it has become a popular dish espesially in winter. The chanko includes different kinds of meat,sea food and vegetables in the special broth.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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