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Sumo Bout - Ryogoku Kokugikan
Tokyo

For a long time now i have been a fan of Sumo and i am really happy to have made this panorama. There are 6 Sumo tournaments every year each one lasting 15 days, 1 in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka and 3 in Tokyo where this panorama was taken on day 13 of the May competition. Ryogoku is the area of Tokyo and Kokugikan is the name of the building.

At these Sumo tournaments there are many diffents levels of competition with the lower ranks starting from around 12 pm, the professional division called the Makuuchi start from around 4 pm. This panorama was the second last bout of the Juryo division ( just before the Makkuchi division ) one of the great things about arriving early is that you can wander around the Kokugikan and take a close look at the ring and watch some bouts from an empty seat as many people only arrive to watch the Makkuchi division from 4 - 5 pm. My seat was up on the 2nd floor. The two Sumo wrestlers ( Rikishi ) in this panorama are just about to fight, when both Rikishi touch the ground with there hands at the same time they then charge into each other and it is GAME ON - first Rikishi to either step out of the ring ( Douhyo ) or touch the ground inside the ring is the loser. Above the seats on the 2nd floor you can see portraits of past tournament winners.

Copyright: Glen Claydon
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11344x5672
Chargée: 26/05/2010
Mis à jour: 18/09/2014
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Tags: tokyo; sumo; sports; japan
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