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First visit to the Grand Sumo Tournament
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Vol.1

 

As soon as I got to my seat on the second floor, I left my bag and wandered around again with the camera in my hand, going down to the first floor and browsing through the souvenir shops.
As I explored around the arena, the matches of the sekitori rikishi (wrestlers higher than juryo*explained later) started, so I watched standing and took pictures of those matches from the entrance of the first floor.

Because it is so much closer to the dohyo, the match seen from the first floor was really powerful and impressive. There were few other people standing at the entrance and watching the match like me, and the guards didn't really seem to mind us so although they say all seats are reserved, standing might be OK.

Even though the matches weren't of ozeki and yokozuna level (the top two ranks), the sekitori matches were really worth seeing.
After all, they are higher-level wrestlers.
 


This is what itfs like inside the arena.
By the way, my seat is in the way back on the second floor.

 
A sekitori match
A live match I saw for the first time was definitely more powerful than one on TV.
 

Now let's go over banzuke, the ranking list of rikishi because the ranks may be a bit confusing.
First of all, the rikishi are divided into two big groups: maku-uchi and maku-shita.
Maku-uchi rikishi are wrestlers who have their names on the top column of the banzuke and are wrestlers who have the ranks higher than maegashira. In another word, maku-uchi rikishi covers yokozuna, ozeki, sekiwake, komusubi and maegashira. Following the maku-uchi are the juryo wrestlers.

Above are the rikishi who are called sekitori, and rikishi below sekitori are referred to as maku-shita rikishi. Within the ranks lower than maku-shita there are more sub-ranks, and the whole system of ranking is very sophisticated and confusing.

Here's a chart of how the sumo ranking works.
Hope this makes it easier to understand.

 

Rikishi

Sekitori

Maku-uchi

Yokozuna

San-yaku

Ozeki

Sekiwake

Komusubi

Maegashira

Juryo

1-14 "maime"

Maku-shita

1-60 "maime"

San-dan-me

1-100 "maime"

Jo-ni-dan

1-124 "maime"

Jonokuchi

1-38 "maime"

* "maime" is a way of counting and directly means the number of rikishi
 

The rikishi listed here are separated into East and West accordingly to their places of birth.

By the way, the matches broadcasted on TV are only matches of maku-uchi rikishi and the maku-shita rikishi devote themselves to become a maku-uchi rikishi. Except for yokozuna the ranks can change depending on their marks so there's a downward mobility as well as upward.
 
 
 
 
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