|sumo wrestler in kimono|
|after the practice|
The origin of sumo was religious. The first sumo bouts were a form of ritual dedicated to the deities with prayers for a bountiful harvest in ancient times. Even today, sumo includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt for purification of the ground.
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There are six Grand Tournaments in a year, three are held in Tokyo and one each in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. From next Sunday, March 11th, Osaka Tournament will be started for fifteen days, and now the temporary stables are opened in and around Osaka city.
Today I had an opportunity to visit one of the temporary stables of Azumazeki Stable at Daibutsunenji Temple in Hirano, Osaka city. One of the most popular sumo wrestlers, Takamisakari belongs to this stable.
|a banner showing the stable name|
I was watching the morning practice by the ring. There were eight wrestlers practicing in a serious manner. The big sound they bump against each other during the sparring bouts were surprising. During the practice taking pictures was strongly prohibited in order not to interrupt their concentration.
After the practice, I was lucky to eat delicious sumo dish, "Chanko-nabe". So yummy.
Had a very special experience. I'll cheer them on TV.