In words and with photos, a few days ago I told you about my experience attending a sumo bout in Tokyo, one of the three major tournaments held annually in the Japanese capital.
During that same tournament I recorded several videos that I have finally edited and, because of that if a picture is worth a thousand words, moving images are worth more, I show you in this post.
In the video, apart from verifying that I have to learn not to turn my head when I speak to the camera - and that going on television was not going to be my thing -, you can see the main phases of the elaborate ritual that is a sumo match.
Also, on the Viajablog Facebook page I have left you a little one - really! - selection of photographs of that day of fighting.
As I told you, when a fight is going to take place a series of rituals derived from Shinto that last longer than the combat itself. You can see for example how each fighter claps his hands and then bends down and hits the ground hard with his legs - shiko - to expel evil spirits from dohyō.
The thrusts and the combat itself last only a few seconds, in four or five someone has already fallen to the ground. Once one of the huge fighters has lost, the referee - gyōji -, indicate who the winner is by pointing with his gunbai - combat fan.
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