All of us Kitazono girls purchased tickets to see a grand sumo tournament held in Ryogoku. TUJ OSS Student Activities had an entire section of the stadium reserved for TUJ students that purchased tickets and it turned out to be a really fun time. Ryogoku is known as Tokyo’s sumo town, and afterwards we wandered for quite a bit in an attempt to find a restaurant that could fit all of us and that was within our budgets – always a challenge in Tokyo! We ate eventually but the highlight of the day was of course all the crazy sumo action! By the way, sumo gets pretty intense. And entertaining. It gained some more fans after that day for sure.
The ceremony is part of the fun, really, as it contributes to a good bit of buildup and to each match. There were many matches, and the matches themselves go by quickly. As the day went on, they became more intense and exciting as the better rishiki moved forward in the tournament.