Posts Tagged ‘Sumo Tokyo’

Grand Sumo Tournament (January 13, 2008)

Januar 14, 2008

Dear friends

We had a great time with you at our Sumo adventure. Slowly but surely, our backs are stopping to hurt. Here (and in the following posts) are a few pictures to relive the moments of excitements and laughter.

Oh, by the way, I am too lazy to write a synopsis of Sumo etc., thus please find the following link to the tournament or to sumo in general.

Cheerio

Mischa

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Sumo: getting there

Januar 14, 2008

Flags outside the grand sumo hall.

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Not the worst spot to collect some money.

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Artwork on the sumo building.

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Popular imaging.

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Sumo: brokeback mountain

Januar 14, 2008

Not what you think. Usually, a box sounds quite luxurious. But look at the space available for 6 people ??? Greg had the best spot. I think he never stood up once. I guess it was because it hurt too much. And the women above us look so comfy…

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Sumo: ritual

Januar 14, 2008

Like many things in Japan, the process (ritual) is equally, if not more important than the actual result/ outcome (fight).

Grand sumo hall.

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Introduction of the fighters.

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Introduction of the main event.

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The winner administers water to the next fighter.

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Before entering the ring, salt is thrown to disperse bad spirits. The higher the throw, the higher the hopes for the bout.

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Ritual stretching.

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View from the top. The fellow in the middle is the umpire.

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Even the advertising is done in style. The more advertising before a bout, the higher the prize money. An announcer makes sure each sponsor is mentioned and their products are explained (fish flavor, wasabi flavor, see weed flavor…).

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Sumo: action

Januar 14, 2008

Ready for some action.

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Goodbye ma friend.

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This guy is always this fired up. But he lost. I guess fighting spirit can only get you so far.

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