Trip Start May 08, 2006
9Trip End May 21, 2006
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The number one thing on our Japan list was going to a Sumo Match, as you don't get much more Japanese then that. Luckily for us the Tokyo Tournament started the day before we arrived in Japan and felt confident we could get tickets this early in the tournament.
Like most things while traveling buying tickets became on adventure in itself as we were directed to various places to buy tickets before we decided we would just go to the ticket office closer to the start and see what they had.
Therefore we true Americans we hit the Hard Rock for breakfast (never a good idea as they don't do breakfast or eggs for that matter as we still don't know what they were) and as it was 11:15 AM we thought it was close enough to noon to have some tailgate beers
We watched the final rounds of the second level guys, who are trying to get to the top level competition. During the break we hit the food line and got two hotdogs, an order of fries, and two Cokes for the small bill of $13.00USD, which we followed up with two small draft beers for $10USD. This was actually really cheap compared to the $33.70 we spent on beers at the Hard Rock.
The real action started around 4:00PM and consisted of around 20 plus matches for the top guys. Each match basically followed the same pattern. Some dude in tights would announce/sing the names of each guy. The two wrestlers would climb up and face each other and show that they didn't have any weapons (that is also why they wear those diapers to prove that aren't hiding any weapons). They then go over and drink some water to purify themselves, take some salt and through it to purify the ring, and then line up
Around 6:00 it was done and overall our Sumo day met and probably exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect combination of a sporting event and a cultural event. It had the tradition, brutality, art, and energy of a truly Japanese experience!