Spectacular: Sunday’s Sumo in Shaw

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Photo by Kiley

Well this turned out pretty freaking awesome. Kiley writes:

“Just casually watching a sumo wrestling match from our rooftop.”

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Photo by Nicole

Nicole writes:

“Just got there for the very end of the event, but it was awesome and fun! This was right before the kid in the green jacket “fought” the “biggest man in Japanese history,” who is a 600 lb sumo champion.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Reana Kovalcik

Reana writes:

“Well, I had the coolest day ever ringside at #sumosunday.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Reana Kovalcik

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  • WOW. I so wish I could have seen this.

  • How do sumo wrestlers travel? I don’t think even three seats on an airplane could hold one of them, let alone the 600 pounder!

  • Japan. Where it’s cool to be really, really fat.

  • It was a lot of fun (but pretty dang chilly for those poor guys in their minimal clothing)! The guy in the b&w photo above with the black eye (whose name sounded like “Byamba”) is from Mongolia, and had just flown in the evening before, something like a 24 hour flight. They were all really good-natured; I hope this happens again next year!

    • This is Awkward

      Yep that is “Byamba”, or Ulambayaryn Byambajav.

      He was my favorite to photograph!

    • This is Awkward

      I also have so many photos of Yama looking unhappy and just plain FROZEN. Even for big guys I’m sure that weather was not pleasant!

  • It was an awesome event – these sumo guys were a lot of fun, and very gracious. Despite their size, they were all really athletic – at one point, they were all doing full blown splits on the stage,including the 600+ pound guy Yama! I did feel bad for them, because it was really windy and cold, but they were good sports. They showed off the basic moves and rules, then did some exhibition matches against each other – and in the end, a handful of little kid volunteers came on the ring to challenge them to fights. The kid in the green jacket is my nephew, and he was the only kid willing to challenge the biggest guy Yama – it was really adorable.

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