Sumo (sumō - 相撲)

Sumo is the Japanese form of wrestling. The best sumo wrestlers are famous and when it's the time of sumo championships, all Japan stops to watch the matches.

Their enormous size, the very hard training they have to follow since teen age, the quantity of food they have to eat every day, everything makes sumo wrestlers nearly inhuman and fascinating.

Today, wrestlers from Hawaii, Mongolia or Bulgaria are beating native champions which is not very much appreciated even if they change their names for a Japanese one.

Sumo champions are stars, they often marry top models and are sometimes involves a lot of betting and easy money.


Sumo wrestlers in action [source]
Sumo wrestlers with their ceremonial 'apron' (kesho-mawashi) [source]




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