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Sumo means "Horn-Power" because

Sumo wrestlers going at each other

as the match starts look like two bulls

crossing their horns in fight.

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Source: www.japan-i.jp

Sumo is an ancient Japanese sport, more than 1500 years old.

In a sumo match, two wresters face off in the middle of the dohyo.

In the centre of the dohyo are two white face-off lines called shikiri-sen.

The rikishi are bare-handed in their bouts and wear only mawashi.

Before the bout starts, they perform a series of ceremonial rituals.

They stamp their feet, wash their mouths out with water, dry themselves

with paper, and toss salt onto the ring as a purification symbol.

They fight until one is pushed out of the ring, or touches the ground

with any part of his body except the sole of his feet.

Sumo Words:


Basho - the tournament

Dohyo - the sacred ring

Shikiri-sen - the face-off lines

Rikishi - the wrestlers

Mawashi - the loin cloth

Gyoji - the referee


Sumo Symbols:


Strength water:

Rikishi must rinse out their mouths to

purify themselves before stepping into

the sacred ring.

Strength paper

This is the paper that is used to wipe the

mouth, face and body in order to further

purify it after receiving strength water.

Salt

The salt is a prayer to the gods to purify

the ring from evil spirits and protect the

rikishi from injury.

So with all this in mind and with the help of Rikishi Matt, we began to wrestle...

First Matt showed us how to lift and stomp our legs to scare away demons. Then he demonstrated how to use his eyes and stance to strike fear into a

Rikishi opponent. Rikishi Angus was his first opponent. With stomach-cushion taped around his middle Angus prepared to wrestle. First he had to purify

the Dohyo with salt... the bout only lasted 5 seconds before Angus pushed Matt outside the ring. Bout 1 to Rikishi Angus!

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Printable sumo wrestlers here

Then it was Fukuwarai time, bringing some light and not-so-physical relief...

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Print your own Fukuwarai game here


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Fukuwarai is a traditional game played on New Year's Day. Fuku means luck or happiness, and warai means laughter.

Using an outline of a face we were blindfolded and then tried to place the various parts of the face in the correct position.

Our friends shouted out instructions and the results were some very funny faces and lots of fun and laughter.

左left (hidari) 右right (migi) 上 up/above (ue) 下down (shita)

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鼻nose (hana)
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目 eye (me)
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口 mouth (kuchi)
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眉 eyebrow (mayu)
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Fukuwarai - Lucky Laugh!