May 2010 Natsu Basho Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament

My quest to attend all three sumo tournaments in Tokyo continues.  On May 17, 2010, I attended Day 9 of the spring tournament in Tokyo at the Ryogoku Kokugikan.  It’s been nearly 2 months since then, but it’s about time I post these pictures.  Today is the first day of the Nagoya tournament, so this is a good time.

A lot has happened in sumo this year.  Asashoryu retired after the January tournament because of yet another scandal.  More recently is the baseball gambling scandal which has forced the retirement of Ozeki Kotomitsuki and Otake-oyakata of the Otake Beya (or stable).  The NHK (Japan’s public TV station) is not broadcasting the Nagoya tournament because of the scandal.  There are many other sumo wrestlers who are suspended for this month’s tournament and are under house arrest.

Anyway, here is the May tournament’s pictures.  First, we start with a quick shot of a lower division match, then the entrance ceremonies of the top 2 divisions.

Makushita match

This is a lower division Makushita match.

Juryo East entrance ceremony

This is the entrance ceremony for Juryo division East.

Juryo West entrance ceremony

This is the entrance ceremony for Juryo division West.

Makuuchi East entrance ceremony

Here's the top division Makuuchi East entrance ceremony.

Makuuchi West entrance ceremony

And here is the top division Makuuchi West entrance ceremony.

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

Here is Yokozuna Hakuho's entrance ceremony.

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

And more Hakuho!

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

Now Hakuho has a leg up.

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

Hakuho is really low now.

Yokozuna Hakuho entrance ceremony

Hakuho has his leg up again.

Now on to the top matches of the Makuuchi division.  I’ve limited the pictures to Sekiwake matches and up.  Sorry, no Takamisakari!

Kisenosato vs. Aminishiki

This is a bout between the two Sekiwake rikishi, Kisenosato (left) and Aminishiki (right).

Kotomitsuki vs. Tochiozan

This match is between the now retired Ozeki Kotomitsuki (left) and Komusubi Tochiozan (right).

Asasekiryu vs. Kotooshu

This is the match between Maegashira 4 Asasekiryu (left) and Ozeki Kotooshu (right).

Harumafuji vs. Wakanosato

This is the match between Ozeki Harumafuji (left) and Maegashira 3 Wakanosato (right).

Baruto vs. Kaio

This match is between new Ozeki Baruto (left) and Ozeki Kaio (right).

Hakuho vs. Kakuryu

Finally, this match is between Yokozuna Hakuho (left) and Maegashira 3 Kakuryu (right).

Hakuho vs. Kakuryu - sponsors

These are the sponsors for the match between Hakuho and Kakuryu. See McDonald's?

Hakuho vs. Kakuryu

More preparations before the match starts.

Hakuho vs. Kakuryu

A wide shot of the arena just before the final match started.

I enjoyed this tournament more than the January tournament.  I had a good view, and no large-headed American was in front of me!  I had some good conversation with the people sitting on either side of me, although it was all very simple Japanese.  I’m looking forward to the September tournament!  And now, some final pictures outside the Kokugikan.

Banners outside Kokugikan

Here are some colourful banners outside the Kokugikan.

Kokugikan main entrance

Lots of people are leaving the Kokugikan after the day's matches.

Outside the Kokugikan

Look at all the people going toward Ryogoku station.

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