In photos: Japanese sumo wrestling

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Once a ritual of the ancient Japanese imperial courts, sumo is a centuries-old form of wrestling that continues to thrive in Japanese culture. Best known around the world for pitting scantily-clad and often larger men against one another in small rings, sumo’s goals are simple: either force your opponent out of the ring or make him touch the ground with any part of his body other than his feet.

Take a look at Japan’s national sport with the photos below.

A sumo arena in Tokyo (Image: kadluba used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
A sumo arena in Tokyo (Image: kadluba used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Sumo wrestlers before a tournament (Image: kimama_labo)
Sumo wrestlers before a tournament (Image: kimama_labo)
Sumo wrestlers before a tournament (Image: arriba)
Sumo wrestlers before a tournament (Image: arriba)
Sumo wrestlers before a tournament (Image: A Little Lam)
Sumo wrestlers before a tournament (Image: A Little Lam)
A sumo wrestler prepares for a match (Image: davidgsteadman)
A sumo wrestler prepares for a match (Image: davidgsteadman)
A sumo match (Image: A Little Lam)
A sumo match (Image: A Little Lam)
A sumo match (Image: Edward Dalmulder)
A sumo match (Image: Edward Dalmulder)
A sumo match (Image: greggman)
A sumo match (Image: greggman)
A sumo match (Image: greggman)
A sumo match (Image: greggman)
A sumo match (Image: m-louis used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
A sumo match (Image: m-louis used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
A sumo match (Image: -miguelito- used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
A sumo match (Image: -miguelito- used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

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In photos: Japanese sumo wrestling was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.