Baseball is almost considered being the national sport in Japan since so many people like it. So what kind of Japanese doesn’t like sushi, baseball AND sumo wrestling? Apparently, my boyfriend isn’t the typical Japanese guy — but I must admit I like it.
No but seriously though, when I said “You’re not a real Japanese”, I was joking. His face was just so priceless!
The rules are simple: to win, the rikishi (professionnal sumo wrestlers) have to either put their opponent outside the circle ring (called dohyou) or make them fall to the ground. They have to make them lose their balance by pushing and pulling them. Only two rikishi are against each other at the same time. And when a lower ranked wrestler wins against a higher ranked one, people of the audience usually throw their seat cushions into the ring, which was a bit surprising at first (I didn’t have the chance to throw mine since I was taken aback!)
If you have the chance to go see a sumo match, you should totally go for it. The atmosphere is great!