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posted May 1, 2013, 1:31 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated May 1, 2013, 2:27 AM ]
The Yokozuna Deliberation Council Practice 2013
We went to visit Kokugikan (Sumo Stadium) to look on a Sumo Practice attended by all the top ranked Rikishi (sumo wrestlers), which is held for The Yokozuna Deliberation Council. It was a very precious opportunity to watch the real practices for fans/visitors for free. Actually, most of us (including ICT members) had never seen "Sumo", so we paid attention all practices for 3 hours early Saturday morning!
We got the box seat (square-shaped) in the 5 rows from the front to enjoy extra space after taking off our shoes. Thrilling Sumo practices (ex. sparring bouts) began from Makushita (junior grade), moved to Juryo (intermediate) and Makuuchi (the upper division) in rank order. Some Rikishi scattered a handful of salt to purify the ring. This is further supposed to insure him against injuries.
After the grand champions (Yokozuna) entered the ring, they won applause from the audience and started their powerful and intense trainings from 9:30am. The audience was excited to cheer on its favorite Rikishi, and watched each hardball practice like real hotter bouts. The most impressive thing we saw was that Yokozuna wrestled with motivated fighters until they worked out. The large wrestlers do not necessarily have the advantage as smaller ones, the key of winning the bouts is how to use 82 winning techniques.
During training sessions, we also enjoyed seeing the
suspendered roof of a stylized Shinto Shrine, framed portraits of champions hanging from ceiling and unique Rikishi’s hair style (mage). Luckily, we could see the more popular Sumo wrestlers going barefoot outside up close when we were eating Chanko stew (incredibly nutritious stew eaten at sumo stables) at Ryogoku Nigiwai Festival.
Many people regret that there are no Japanese stars in the top ranks of this traditional Japanese sport, but Sumo is still deep-rooted popularity across generations because the venue was crowded with people who want to watch even practices.
We guess that all of the Rikishi train very hard throughout the year especially before each grand tournament. Carrying out strenuous training on a daily basis, which means that to do something over and over makes one better at it, “Practice makes perfect”.
(posted by Tsubasa kato)