What’s Sumo

Sumo is the oldest sport in Japan and was originally practiced as a part of
Shinto rituals for agricultural fertility in ancient times.

Professional wrestlers appeared in Edo period,
and bouts were performed to raise funds to build temples and shrines.

In 1909, Sumo match, two wrestlers wearing only loincloths wrestle
in a 4.5-meter diameter ring until one of them is pushed out or touches
the ground with any part of his body other than the soles of his feet.

There are six tournaments lasting 15 days every year,
three in Tokyo and one in Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka, respectively.

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