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Grand Sumo at Ryogoku kokugikan in Tokyo Japan ABOUT SALT

Sumo wrestlers scatter salt before their matches.


They do it for purifying the sumo ring.

↓This wrestler scatters more salt than other wrestlers.


Each wrestler scatters salt by his own style.

Some of them scatters a lot salt in distinctive ways,

other wrestlers scatter a little salt quietly.


photo: September 2013


Grand Sumo at Ryogoku kokugikan in Tokyo Japan ABOUT SHIKO

Sumo wrestlers often do these movements.


Wrestlers open their legs and put their hands around their knees and lift up their leg, then stamp the ground with their feet strongly.


A series of these movements is called SHIKO.


Sumo is a part of a Shinto ritual.


Shiko is done for purifying the area and pouring gods' energy into the land.


In addition, Shiko is regarded as a basic training for Sumo wrestlers.


It doesn't look so hard, but actually the movements are very tough.

It helps strengthen the lower half of your body, if you keep on doing this exercise regularly.

photo: September 2013


Grand Sumo at Ryogoku kokugikan in Tokyo Japan ABOUT YOKOZUNA

↓He is HAKUHO, he has been a YOKOZUNA rank wrestler since 2007.

He is called the great YOKOZUNA in the HEISEI era.

The HEISEI era refers to the reign of the current emperor.


YOKOZUNA is the highest ranking at a grand sumo tournament.

YOKO means the horizontal, ZUNA means ropes.

YOKOZUNA was named after the ropes

which only YOKOZUNA wrestlers are permitted to tie at their waists.

(See picture above)


YOKOZUNA wrestlers need to have not only strength but also dignity.




He  also has been a YOKOZUNA rank wrestler since 2012.


These photos are scenes of YOKOZUNA DOHYOIRI.

SUMO is a part of a Shinto ritual,

the performance of DOHYOIRI is one of the  important ceremonies at the tournaments.

It is for soothing the regional gods, and praying for peace.


There are these two YOKOZUNA wrestlers now, September 2013.

They are both from Mongolia.

There have not been Japanese YOKOZUNA wrestlers for ten years.

Many sumo fans are wishing eagerly that

Japanese sumo wrestlers become stronger, gain dignity,

and are promoted to YOKOZUNA rank.

photo: September 2013


Grand Sumo at Ryogoku kokugikan in Tokyo Japan

Sumo is a national sport of Japan and one of the country's oldest professional sports.


They hold grand sumo 6 times a year.

We can see grand sumo in Tokyo in January, May and September.

They hold grand sumo in Osaka in March,

in Nagoya in July, and in Fukuoka in November.


I love watching sumo, because it's exciting and the rules are very simple.

The wrestler must force his opponent out of the ring

or to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of his feet.

When the wrestler is thrown down or pushed out of the ring,

the referee raises his fan to announce the winner.


Tokyo tourist information centre at Tokyo metropolitan government in Tokyo Japan

This is an information centre for tourists.


They provide information about tourism.


I belong to the office as a volunteer guide.

Staff are very friendly and supportive, so I recommend you stop by the centre.

This centre is at the 1st floor of the main building of Tokyo metropolitan government building.

There are other two Tokyo tourist information centers.

One is at the second floor of Haneda airport International terminal.

The other is at Keisei Ueno station, in front of the ticket gate.

Tokyo Tourist Information Centers


Kumade at Tokyo metropolitan government in Tokyo Japan


This is a Kumade.

Kumade is a rake that can gather up a large amount of fallen leaves.

Kazari Kumade is an ornament. It is often handmade by traditional craftsmen.

Kazari Kumade is believed to gather up fortune, wealth, business success and family


You can obtain Kazari Kumade at Torinoichi, which are held in various places

including Asakusa in November.

Torinoichi are regarded as seasonal festivals announcing the arrival of winter.

You can see this Kazari Kumade at the second floor of

Tokyo metropolitan government building.


The view from Tokyo metropolitan government building at Shinjuku in Tokyo Japan

You can see the wide area of Tokyo from the 45th floor of

Tokyo metropolitan government building.

This prospect hall is about 202 meter from the ground.


↑The prominent building at the center of the photo is Shinjuku  Park Tower.

Park Hyatt Tokyo is in the building.

Sofia Coppola's movie "Lost in translation" was filmed in the luxury hotel.

The building was designed by Kenzo Tange who designed Tokyo metropolitan

government building.



↑The green area at the right side of this photo is Meiji Shrine.

↓There are horribly many buildings.


You can go to the hall by the elevator from the ground floor of the main building.

The hall opens from 9:30 a.m. to 23:00 p.m.


Tokyo metropolitan government building at Shinjuku in Tokyo Japan

This is the Tokyo metropolitan government building.


It is 243 metre tall.

It is three underground stories and 48 stories above the ground.

It was completed in 1991.


↓This space is called "the Tokyo citizens' square".


This place is  in front of the building entrance.

Map and information


Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower at Shinjuku in Tokyo Japan


There are many skyscrapers in Shinjuku area.

Above all, this building very stands out because of the shape.

This is called "Mode Gakuen Cocoon tower".

A company who runs schools owns the building.

It is  home to three educational institutions.

Tokyo Mode Gakuen (fashion vocational school),

HAL Tokyo (special technology and design college),

and Shuto Ikō (medical college).


It was completed in 2008.

The height is about 204 metre.

It is the second tallest educational building in the world.

The building's cocoon shape symbolizes a building that nurtures the students inside.


1-7-3 Nishi-Shinjuku Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan


Shinjuku eye at Shinjuku station in Tokyo Japan

This is an objet in Shinjuku station.


It's a huge eye on the wall of the Subaru building.

People often wait friends in front of the objet, because you can find the big eye easily.


Shinjuku station is one of the most crowded and complicated stations in Japan.

Therefore when you see people at the station, it's important to choose the place

where you can easily find people who need to see.

Shinjuku eye

Basement 1, the west exit of Shinjuku station


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