Sumo – History and Facts
What do you know about sumo wrestling? Is it just two humongous Japanese men wrestling each other to the end? What is sumo about?
The Sumo Tournament
Sumo wrestling dates back to between the third and the seventh centuries when bouts were performed as a way to pray for bountiful crops or to predict whether that year’s harvest would be good. In the Nara period (710-794) and Heian period (794- 1192), Sumo became an event conducted at the imperial court, and bouts were performed in front of the emperor.
Sumo is Japan’s national sport and it requires years of strict training to become a wrestler at a stable, Heya. The Heya is where the wrestlers live and train and a wrestler will stay with the same stable throughout his career.
This is usually eaten by the sumo wrestler as part of their weight gain diet. The dish contains a dashi (broth made from kelp and smoked skipjack tuna), fish or chicken broth with sake or mirin to add flavour, but the bulk is made up of large quantities of protein sources such as chicken, fish, tofu, or sometimes beef, and vegetables. It is very protein-rich and usually served in massive quantities, with beer and rice to increase the calorific intake. The Chankonabe served during the sumo tournaments is made exclusively with chicken, the idea being that a Rikishi should always be on two legs like a chicken, not all fours!
Check out the video from Great Big Story about Chankonabe.
Sumo Experience in Japan
You can add a Sumo experience and Chanko lunch in Tokyo to your itinerary.
Take part in the Sumo wrestler’s daily life and have Chankonabe, their weight-gain lunch with them. You can witness demonstrations by retired Sumo wrestlers with their stories of its history, practice and tournaments. It is also possible to try on a Sumo costume and challenge a sumo wrestler to match!More Details