Suddenly some of the people became astir and gathered around the rikishifs entrace gate.
With excitement stirring inside, I went to get a closer look and saw the rikishi going in for and coming out after their matches.
The scene surprised me a bit because with the cheers of the fans, the great rikishi I see on TV accompanied by their pupils were going inside through a gate just there.
I mean, I never imagined that they would pass right by the fans.
It seems like each rikishi enters the building accordingly to his schedule, and from around two ofclock the gate area gets crowded with fans because the stronger and more famous "maku-uchi" rikishi (senior-class wrestlers) start to enter for the matches.
As I wandered around with a camera in my hand, a friendly looking man came to me and kindly explained the ggeneral rulesh of cheering and watching sumo.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
These are the major points.
- The gstarh rikishi go in around15:00, so if you want to see them, 15:00 is the time.
- If you want a souvenir picture for individual use, you can ask the rikishi to have a picture with you
- The yose-daiko at the tower is beaten at 8:30 in the morning, and at that time you can get the banzuke, a ranking chart of the rikishi
The other things this kind man told me were about descriptions of the rikishi who went by as we talked, but let's not go over the profile of all the rikishi now.