Heavy on the fun and light on clothes with a Sumo night in Tokyo.
November 15, 2016
For the past two years I have been witnessing this idiosyncratic show of japanese culture and slowly getting hooked on it and letting it become part of my normal life in this country.
Due to time constraints and also to the fact that tickets sell out really fast, I hadn't made it to Ryogoku to see this almost-naked giants tussling each other to win the thickest bunch of envelop (filled with crisp yens of course). Back in September I finally had the chance to attend the Fall Sumo Tournament or "Aki Basho" as it is known in Japanese; the wait was worth it.
True is not a fast pace sporting event and it takes time to understand its appeal, but once you do get it and get to see it live at a very close distance, you really appreciate the magic of it. This sport is all about the ceremony, the details, the honour, and above all the raw strength of these enigmatic characters. This is Japanese tradition at is best. Here is a taste of my experience.