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I was totally driven ever since when I was a kid, wondering how does a Sumo
Wrestler looks like in person. Yet, there is much more to Sumo wrestling than I
thought it was.
Sumo wrestling has been a very notable part of Japanese culture, and that's why
there is no question about it being so famous and popular around the world. But, in
a way, there is a deeper part of Sumo Wrestling aside from just being a sport or a
match to behold, it is on the ceremonial aspects that lies its profound history and
unmovable character that leaves an apparent meaning to the audience.
It is my first time to witness a live match, and this experience totally makes me
say “wow!” Amazed even just seeing the arena itself, the feeling piled up into delight
seeing the Sumo Wrestlers went up and do their entrance and gradually the feeling
of delight changes into excitement when the wrestlers battled victoriously inside the
soil arena. Yet, it wasn't all like that what made me witness the Sumo’s deep roots
are the ceremonies involved. To name, the ancient singing, the glorious vowing, the
salt throwing, the clothes the officials wear and the manner how the match came
together is like transporting into ancient Japan. The details of the Sumo stage indeed
mirrors the Japanese beliefs in which it staged up a gigantic “tori”, a symbol of
Japanese culture. It made me realized that Sumo wrestler is a sport of no other kind,
although there are various forms of wrestling in the neighboring countries, Sumo is
a sport that is rooted in Japanese ancient culture preserved in a very meticulous
manner with all its aspects intact for the modern Japanese and the modern world to
see an authentic kind of sport from ancient world of yesterday.