Sumo Wrestling is Japan`s oldest organized sport, dating back beyond the countries first historical accounts and there is no better place to experience this national sport than Tokyo. The basic rules of sumo are simple: the wrestler who first touches the ground with anything besides the soles of his feet, or who leaves the ring before his opponent, loses. Fights take place on an elevated ring, called a “dohyo”, which is made of clay and covered in a layer of sand. The fights themselves usually last only a few seconds, or in rare cases, about a minute. Sumo is a fun way to enjoy traditional Japanese culture unspoiled by the changing of the times while still getting the enjoyment of big guys putting the smack down on other big guys!

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