Every year in Japan there are six national tournaments of Sumo wrestling. Each event takes?
SV: Boy champion performs Yokozuna ritual.
SV: Children watch. (Girls)
CU & LV: Takanohana bows to line of boy wrestlers.
TV & SV: Takanohana wrestlers with young boy. (FIVE SHOTS)
CU & SV: Takanohana wrestles with three boys. (FIVE SHOTS)
TV & SV: Takamiyama wrestles with six boys at once. (TWO SHOTS)
CU & TV: Women watching as two comedians enter for a mock bout, one slipping as he enters ring, and throwing ceremonial salt away in disgust.
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Background: Every year in Japan there are six national tournaments of Sumo wrestling. Each event takes fifteen days to complete, and attracts a great deal of popular attention. The last of the season's tournaments started on Sunday(13 November). Before the contests got under way a curtain raiser for the main event was staged. It featured mock Sumo wrestling with young boys pitted against famous Sumo stars and comedians fighting each other.
SYNOPSIS: Sumo is a very ancient sport which has been practices in Japan for at least twelve hundred years. before the bouts begin there is a complicated ritual which is performed by the Yokozuna - the grand champions of each of the two competing teams.
Pageantry plays a major part in the Sumo wrestling tradition. Each match is also a religious rite with the ceremony and costumes strictly laid down. The bouts are fought between members of two team - and can last from a few seconds to several minutes. The matches are supervised by a referee wearing traditional costumes. The purpose is to make your opponent lose footing-or force him out of the ring.
Japan's champion Sumo wrestler is Takanohana. he wrestled with a number of young boys during the day's festivities. Many of Japan's top wrestlers have huge followings and earn enormous amounts of money. But they often die young because of the strict diet and training they must follow.
Six children wrestled with another of Japan's best known Sumo stars, Takamiyama. He is Hawaiian and is the first foreigner to have achieved a high ranking in Sumo.
Comedians were also part of the day's entertainment. They fought a mock battle, which involved breaking many of the rules.
Sumo wrestling is enormously popular in Japan. Even this day of entertainment attracted large crowds. In recent years foreigners, especially Americans, have become increasingly interested in this ancient sport.