Sumo.

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2023 schedule for professional sumo tournaments in Japan:

January Tournament: Sunday, January 8 to Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan

March Tournament: Sunday, March 12 to Sunday, March 26, 2023 in Osaka at Edion Arena Osaka

May Tournament: Sunday, May 14 to Sunday, May 28, 2023 in Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan

July Tournament: Sunday, July 9 to Sunday, July 23, 2023 in Nagoya at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

September Tournament: Sunday, September 10 to Sunday, September 24, 2023 in Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan

November Tournament: Sunday, November 12 to Sunday, November 26, 2023 in Fukuoka at Fukuoka Kokusai Center

Please note that these dates are subject to change and that the exact daily schedule of matches will be announced closer to each tournament.

What is Sumo?
Sumo is a traditional Japanese style of wrestling that has been practiced for centuries. It involves two wrestlers, or rikishi, facing off in a circular ring called a dohyo. The objective is to force the opponent out of the ring or to make them touch the ground with any part of their body other than the soles of their feet.

Sumo wrestlers are known for their large size and impressive strength, with some of the top wrestlers weighing in at over 400 pounds. They wear a unique outfit consisting of a mawashi, a thick belt made of silk or cotton, and a kesho-mawashi, a decorative apron worn during pre-match ceremonies.

Sumo tournaments are held six times a year in Japan, and each tournament lasts for 15 days. Wrestlers are divided into six divisions based on their rank, with the top division, called Makuuchi, featuring the best wrestlers in the world.

In addition to its athletic and cultural significance, sumo is also steeped in tradition and ritual. For example, before each match, the wrestlers perform a series of elaborate ceremonies, including the throwing of salt to purify the ring and the stomping of their feet to show their readiness.