Sumo road-shows will be held in Matsumoto this Wednesday 14th and in Nagano on Friday 16th, October.8 years has passed since the last sumo road-show in Matsumoto (and 3 years since the last one in Nagano). Refer to a blog article “Gentle Giants of Sumo” published at that time.
Super strong Mongolian yokozuna (grand champion) Hakuho still reigns over 8 years (he is injured so cannot come again this time but other two yokozunas and major wrestlers will come).
And, a new hero from Kiso in Nagano Prefecture will step onto the sumo ring (dohyo) in his home prefecture. He is Mitake-umi, named from the volcano Ontake, which erupted last year and caused many victims and much damages to the Kiso area. At that time he was a colleage student and the strongest amateur wrestler. He chose to become a professional sumo wrestler and encourage the people of Kiso.
He has scored very well in the lower divisions and will make his debut in the makuuchi (top) division this November.
So, he will return in triumph in this sumo performance in Matsumoto and get great applause.
You may see some of them if you are in Matsumoto or Nagano this week and you are lucky.
- Time: 8 am to 3 pm
- Venue: Matsumoto City General Gymnasium (Google map) / ‘White Ring’, Nagano City Mashima General Sport Arena (Google map)
- Ticket: Matsumoto： advance-sale tickets were sold out. Walk-up tickets will be sold from 8 am (probably there will be a long line) / Nagano： Reservation phone number (maybe they don’t speak English) or Lawson (convienience store) ticket machine (L code：36360)
- Japanese websites: Matsumoto / Nagano