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The Grand Sumo Tournament ( Basho) 2017

Where:   Kokugikan the indoor Sumo stadium in Tokyo, Japan
When:    Sunday, January 8, 2017 - Sunday, January 22, 2017
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The Grand Sumo Tournament (Bash) is held, yearly, in Tokyo. Sumo's wrestling is known in Japan as an ancient sport which, now days, is part of the totality traditional and nationality Japanese uniqueness. The wrestlings which take place in May are the greatest in the world.

In the annual wrestling, six tournaments take place where in each of it, every wrestler competes in fifteen competitions. The competitor who achieves most of the points is the one who win the competition. The competition's judgment is based on rules and laws on the way the wrestling should be carried on. The wrestling is between two big body wrestlers. The Sumo wrestlers build their bodies with a special diet.

The wrestlers wear special traditional belt name Mawashi on their waist line. The fights takes place in a round ring made of sand and clay. Its diameter is 14.93 feet (4.55 m). The margins' ring are delimit by a rope made of rice fibers. Inside the ring, two white lines are painted, which the wrestlers are not allowed to cross, to mark the start position of the competitors.

According to tradition, salt is being spread on the ring as a good luck and success sign. Every wrestler has to push the other one out of the ring where the brushed sand that was spread around makes it easy for the judge to determine whether a wrestler has touched his foot, or another part of his body, outside the ring. The spectator is guaranteed a unique sportive experience that hardly can be found outside Japan.

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2016 Grand Tournament Schedule

Tournament Venue Advance Tickets ar sold from Sumo Ranking is announced on First Day Final Day
The January Tournament Kokugikan December 5, 2015 December 24, 2015 January 10, 2016 January 24, 2016
The March Tournament Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium February 7, 2016 February 29, 2016 March 13, 2016 March 27, 2016
The May Tournament Kokugikan April 9, 2016 April 25, 2016 May 8, 2016 May 22, 2016
The July Tournament Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium May 19, 2016 June 27, 2016 July 10, 2016 July 24, 2016
The September Tournament Kokugikan August 6, 2016 August 29, 2016 September 11, 2016 September 25, 2016
The November Tournament Fukuoka Kokusai Center October 8, 2016 October 31, 2016 November 13, 2016 November 27, 2016
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Somo, Photo by: www.sumo.or.jp
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Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau
AddressSenior Work Tokyo Bldg. 7F 3-10-3
Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0072
Phone: +81(0)3 5211 2171
Fax: +81 (0) 3 5211 2180


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Longitude: 135.50218°
Latitude: 34.69374°
Japan information address: Japan National Tourism Organization 10th Floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Building, 2-10-1Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Tourist website: www.jnto.go.jp

Japan country details
Location: Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the East Sea, east of the Korean Peninsula.
Capital: Tokyo
Currency: yen (JPY)
Voltage and Frequency: 100V 50/60 Hz
Dialing country code: +81
Language: Japanese

Japan background and overview:
In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island.
In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives.
The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. In 2005, Japan began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

[Courtesy of The World Factbook]