Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Years Sumo

I headed down to Tokyo to catch part of the new years sumo tournament. The famed event begins as is often the case with a display that borders on the incomprehensible, with papers being flaunted about by a judge. It moves on reoccurring bouts to salt throwing and stomping, and finally to the fight, witch last an average of 5 seconds. But there are plenty of bouts to keep the patrions content, and a surprising number of caucasian sumo's. In the end everyone gathers around and celebrates, then a sumo waves a bow around...

All and all this was one of the most decidedly Japanese things I have experienced in my travels, and a day to remember.

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