The SUMO HALL, Ryogoku Kokugikan

the real sumo fighting Japanese Souvenir

Ryogoku Kokugikan is the place that Sumo wrestlers do Sumo wrestling. It’s located in Ryogoku, Sumida, just 5 minutes away from Ryogoku Station on Sobu line. When you come Ryogoku, you can see Sumo wrestlers everywhere such as in a grocery store, on the street, in a Pachinko shop, in a restaurant. They somehow smell same, and it’s wonderful. I don’t know why, but I can guess they use same perfume. I can notice if Sumo wrestlers are around me only because of the smell. You should smell it when you come to Tokyo, seriously.

Ryogoku Kokugikan

The champion of Sumo wrestling is called Yokozuna, and he is challenged every term. Yokozua for now is 鶴竜力三郎(Kakuryu Rikisaburo) since May 2014.


Do you know how to Sumo? It’s very simple. Sumo is a one to one match. Only you are arrowed to do is push the opponent. Don’t hit or kick him. As the referee says Hakkeyooi Nokotta, which means get ready and fight, two Sumo wrestlers start fighting. The one who touch the ground or get out of the ring first is looser. The other one is winner. That is all.

souvenir shop at Ryogoku Kokugikan

Souvenir shop


Why do they have to be fat?

All Sumo wrestlers are fat. There is no exception. Do you know why? Because as I told Sumo wrestlers shouldn’t be fallen during the match, so weigh is very important for them. They eat a lot on a daily basis in order to keep themselves heavy weight.


What is SUMOU?

Have you heard SUMOU? It’s totally different from Sumo wrestling. Apparently they look same, but SUMOU is not sport. It’s like killing each other as serious as destroying the earth. The detail of SUMOU has been classified by Japanese government for a long time. But I found this.


Don’t tell anyone about this. I’m so scared…. Wait, someone has rang……


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