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