|The Sumo Gymnasium|
|The Sumo Tournament Brochure (In Kanji, you read from right to left)|
Each day of the tournament begins around 9am or 10am and runs until 6pm. The day we went consisted of three pools of participants: beginner, second to best (Juryo) and best (Makuuchi). We arrived around 10am and the stadium that seats at least a couple thousand people had only a couple hundred people in attendance. Apparently most people don't arrive until around 2pm before the second to best group begins. It must be noted that the majority of the tournament is made up of beginners. It was nice to witness both parts of the competition because things really picked up with the other pools, mainly things were more formal and official while the beginners pool was a little more relaxed.
|The Makuuchi (the best pool) - Entering the ring before the sumo began for their pool|
|The sumo lineup|
|This video shows the presentation of one of the top two Makuuchi- apparently the top two (one from the west and one from the east) perform a ceremonial presentation to show their strength and agility|
Above is a clip Nick posted to youtube from the tournament of an entire fight sequence. Note the traditional salt purification (throwing), stomping, squatting, and all the different ritualistic stances.
|Some Sumo wrestling captures|
|A break for the advertisements to cross the dohyo|
|The final score board|
|The winner of the day's tournament does his ceremonial closing presentation|
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