Children at a primary school in the Higeishi-Nari District of Osaka in Japan recently had a chance to pit their skills against a team of the country's top Sumo wrestlers.
SV: wrestler greets children as he arrives.
SV PAN: boys soft-ball team and sumo wrestlers lined up opposite each other.
LV AND SV: soft-ball play in progress. Boys team batting. (3 shots)
SV: sumo wrestlers makes fuss when hit by ball on ankle. Crowd laugh. (2 shots)
SV: game in progress, Scoreboard(3 shots)
SV AND CU: wrestlers batting and running (3 shots)
SV: women watch as girls run to take up tug-of-war rope. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: Tug-of-war between girls and Sumo wrestlers and boy (3 shots)
SV AND CU: Sumo wrestler sings autograph
There are six national tournaments of Sumo wrestling every year in Japan, each one lasting fifteen days. Pageantry plays a major part in the Sumo tradition. Each match is also a religious rite with the ceremony and costumes established beforehand. The bouts are fought between members of two teams-and can from mere second to several minutes. Many of the nation's top wrestlers have huge followings and can earn enormous sums of money. It is a very popular Japanese spectator sport and attracts large crowds.
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Background: Children at a primary school in the Higeishi-Nari District of Osaka in Japan recently had a chance to pit their skills against a team of the country's top Sumo wrestlers. The sportsmen, in training for one of the six national tournaments held annually invited the school near their gymnasium to take part in a joint sports day.
SYNOPSIS: First on the programme for the day was a softball match. These wrestlers are masters in the ancient sport of Sumo wrestling which has been practised in Japan for at least twelve hundred years. But when it came to softball, rather different skills were required and the wrestlers found the going far from easy.
The youngsters made it tough for the wrestlers. Speed is not an asset normally required in the ring. But nobody took it too seriously.
Though they did their best, the nimbleness of their young opponents was too much for the big wrestlers. The children soon took, and kept a winning lead and everybody enjoyed themselves.
When it came to a tug-of-war even the combined weight of dozens of children was not enough to withstand the strong men, most of whom are over six feet (1.82 metres tall and weight more than 250 pounds (113 killogrammes).
Afterwards, when they had got their favourites autographs, the children went home well satisfied.