One of the reasons I stuck around in Tokyo for a few days was to attend one day of the January Sumo Basho at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. It was a fun day, made all the more understandable by the ability to hire a radio and listen to English commentary.

I didn’t have a great seat for taking photos, but here are a few.

In one of the last of the preliminary bouts, the wrestler on the bottom injured his leg in this fall and was taken off in a novelty oversized wheelchair.

Throwing salt to purify the ring prior to a bout.

When buying tickets, you’re warned that choosing a ringside seat may result in a large man falling on you.

I see why

Whipping up the crowd prior to one of the final bouts