Professional Sumo coming to Ibaraki!
Oozumou(大相撲/professional sumo) is coming to Tsuchiura in October!!
(Oozumou Tsuchiura-Ushiku Basho(Tournament))
will be held on October 13, Saturday at the 霞ヶ浦文化体育会館(Kasumigaura Bunka Taiiku Kaikan, or better known as 水郷体育館/Suigou Taiiku Kan) in Tsuchiura City. Kasumigaura Bunka Taiiku Kaikan is only about 20 minute drive from Tsukuba.
Why is this tourney named Tsuchiura-Ushiku Basho when it’s held in Tsuchiura? In fact, it was called the Tsuchiura Basho when Oozumo came to Tsuchiura in the past. It’s because 稀勢の里(Kiseno-Sato), a VERY promising sumo wrestler who grew up in Ryugasaki City and Ushiku City, is participating in the tourney this time!
How promising is this Kiseno-Sato? Well, I’m not too familiar with oozumou, but even I can tell that Kiseno-Sato is a rising star. He won a match against the current grand champ, Asashoryuu, last Fall. He won a Makushita title when he was 17 years and 6 months old, which ranks the 3rd youngest in the record. He also advanced to Juryo and Makuuchi at the 2nd youngest age in the record.
Learn more about Kiseno-Sato (Ushiku City’s website(Japanese))
The first deadline to book is June 30, and the vouchers for the seats will be sent in the mail. However, there’ll be a drawing if the applications for seats exceeds the seating capacity. You can download the application sheet from the Oozumou Tsuchiura-Ushiku Basho website: http://oguogu.jp/~oozumo/yoyaku.pdf