Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sumo Tournament

I just got back from a day in Fukuoka. Fukuoka is about 3 hours by shinkansen (bullet train) from Kyoto. I was there to watch part of the November Sumo Tournament.

The tournament lasts most of the day but the early matches are just novice matches. I arrived at about 3pm in time to catch the last part of the middle-weight matches. After that it was time for the big guys. It was pretty interesting to see it live though the cramped, kiddie sized seats left a lot to be desired. I ended up walking around the stadium taking pictures and finally sitting down in a mostly empty section. Seating was assigned so if anyone showed up wanting their specific seat I would have moved.

Below is a selection of photos that I took of different matches. More photos can be viewed in my Flickr photo album.

This picture is from where my assigned seat was. As you can see the stadium was mostly empty. Those nice box seats directly in front of me go for over $300.

Posturing to psych out the opponent. This goes on for about 3 minutes or more.

I thought this match was a joke when they first walked the Harlem Globetrotters. But the little white guy actually won his match.

One team of the "heavy weight" division of sumo.

The opposing "heavy weight" team.

A video of a full sumo match. It is about 4 minutes long. The posturing they do to psych themselves up and to try and psych out their opponent lasts longer than the physical contact which lasts about 10 seconds. Blink and you miss it.