|The buffet at New Sanno Hotel before the Sumo Tournament|
We arrived at the Kokugikan around Noon. Although some matches started earlier in the day, they were only the lower division matches so we weren't really concerned that we missed those matches. The lower level of the arena is divided into boxes that hold up to 4 people all of whom sit on the ground on pillows. The upper level, where we had reserved seats, has regular cushioned seats that would have been comfortable except for the fact that we were sitting on them for such long periods of time. The very top level is open seating on plastic chairs.
|The Annaijo Entrance - these house establishments help|
arange for seats, souvenirs, refreshments and other fan
services for those with reserved seats.
|View inside the Kokugikan from the lower|
level and the upper level.
- Dohyo = The ring
- Rikishi = Wrestler
- Gyoji = Referee
- Banzuke = Sumo rankings
- Mawashi = Loincloth worn by the wrestlers
|The judges trying to make a decision on a particular match.|
In this particular case, much to the crowd's displeasure,
they ruled that the wrestlers must have a rematch.
The maku-uchi division is the highest division and is divided into the following ranks:
- Yokozuna (the Grand Champion)
|The senior wrestlers entering the arena with their attendant|
(a trainee or lower ranking wrestler). I couldn't see over
the wall so Rich had to take the pictures for me.
|The fans usually wait on the ground level to get a glimpse |
of and to cheer on their favorite wrestler(s) as they
enter the arena.