And why not? At the time, she already had a baby son. The two half-brothers both became yokozuna and created the foundations of the millennial sumo boom.
Everyone thinks they know what sumo wrestling is. Well, yes and no. Sumo may seem comical to you and me, but it is actually a very serious business — there is an awful lot more to sumo wrestling than most outsiders ever realise.
Change is not something that occurs quickly or unexpectedly in the ancient and highly conservative sport of sumo. However, that seems to be exactly what happened earlier today Apr. This shocking announcement was made at a roughly minute-long press event in Tokyo organized by the Japan Sumo Association. Sumo wrestlers in the ring wearing the now defunct mawashi.
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Please refresh the page and retry. The debate was triggered after an incident on April 4, when the mayor of the town of Maizuru, in Kyoto Prefecture, collapsed with a suspected heart attack as he gave a speech on the dohyo during a tournament. Onlookers - including at least two women, one of whom was a nurse - leapt on to the dohyo and began administering emergency first aid.
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They are the modern samurai of Sumo. In Japan, where everything is small and miniaturized, where even giant oaks are contracted into tiny bonsai, the most ancient sport, the most sacred one, the most representative of the country, is this clash of human pachyderms called Sumo. And yet, you have to enter a dohyothe stadium—temple where the Imperial Sumo Tournaments are held, to understand such apparent contradiction: just because Japan is the country of small things, they adore the enormous.
Sumo wrestling is a traditional martial art that originated the 9th century and is closely associated with Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan. The objective of a Sumo bout is simple — the over-sized combatants aim to force their opponents out of the dohyo ring or onto the ground using a mixture of slapping, wrestling and shoving. The dohyo is considered sacred ground and is blessed by a Shinto priest before every bout.