We visited the Nagoya sumo tournament last Sunday which was an unforgettable day out.
Sunday was the day before the Ocean Day public holiday and the packed house at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium was really up for the sumo.
There were wins for the home town favorite Kotomitsuki, popular Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu (aka Kaloyan Mahlyanov) and veteran Kaio. The defeat of controversial Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu to Kisenosato in the day's final bout really brought the house down, as the zabuton (cushions) began to fly in a traditional sign of the crowd's pleasure.
The Nagoya sumo tournament is held at the 7,000 capacity Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium (052 962 9300) near Nagoya Castle.
The nearest subway station is Shiyakusho on the Meijo Line of Nagoya subway (Exit 7). For a four-seat berth with good views, tickets begin at 3,200 yen up to 45, 200 for ringside seats. Visitors receive an English or Japanese schedule of the day's contests. A box lunch or bento with green tea costs 2,200 yen. Beer and refreshments are available. Sumo goods are available at stalls or the information office.
Ticket reservations 052 290 0001
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Friday, July 24, 2009