2009年11月22日

"Sumo" stables are quiet when the tournaments are held in the cities other than Tokyo.

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There are more than 50 "Sumo" stables in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area, however half of them are situated in the vicinity of Ryogoku, Sumida Ward, Tokyo. Many of them are opened to the public in the morning to welcome the ovservers of the wrestlers' daily training.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:47 | "Sumo" | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

"Sumo" as a spectator sport originated frome here, "Eko-in" temple, Tokyo.

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"Sumo", started as a religious offering in ancient times, have grown into a show business from here, in the compound of "Eko-in" temple near Ryogoku station in early part of the 19th century. Here at the very place the first entertainment sumo begun stands a stone monument raised by the "Sumo" association.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 07:58 | "Sumo" | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2009年11月19日

"Banzuke-hyo",the ranking list of "sumo"wrestlers for the January Grand Sumo Tournament,2010.

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In the 18th century when "Sumo" had developed to gain popularity in Edo,today's Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, tournaments were held not only in each city but also carried out as a intercity competition between eastern city,Edo and Western cities,Kyoto and Osaka.
Now,the well-known fact that all sumo wrestlers are divided into the east side and west side on the ranking list in the above picture is a trace of this history.
Though the list in the picture is a copy,the original is written by a specialist chosen among sumo referees using writing brushes and indian ink.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

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