The Grand Sumo Tournament ( Basho) 2024

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The Grand Sumo Tournament ( Basho)

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. Due to the numerous visitors during the tournaments days and the high demand for accommodations it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms & tickets well in advance.

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.

2024 Grand Tournament Schedule

For accommodations, check the most recommended hotels in Tokyo and around, most of them suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY:
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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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Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the East Sea, east of the Korean Peninsula.
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Japan National Tourism Organization 10th Floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Building, 2-10-1Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
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]

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