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SUMO

SUMO

Sumo or Sumo wrestling is a traditional Japanese contact sport. Sumo still remains popular in Japan today where the top sumo wrestlers are well paid.

Sumo (相撲 Sumō, alternatively 大相撲 Ōzumō), or Sumo wrestling, is a competition contact sport wherein two wrestlers or rikishi face off in a circular area. The sport is of Japanese origin and is surrounded by ceremony and ritual. The Japanese consider Sumo a gendai budō: a modern Japanese martial art, even though the sport has a history spanning many centuries.

The Sumo tradition is very ancient, and even today the sport includes many ritual elements from when Sumo was used in the Shinto religion.

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Sumo Match at the Kokugikan sumo arena (Ozeki Kaio vs. Tamanoshima).
Photo by Philbert Ono (2005).

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