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2:56 pm - 08/27/2013

Indonesia Hosts First Sumo Tournament Outside Japan for 5 Years



Indonesia hosted the first official sumo tournament outside Japan for five years on Saturday, with Kisenosato causing a major upset by defeating the sport’s two grand champions.

Thousands flocked to the opening day of the competition in Jakarta, paying up to $90 for prime seats, as the popularity of all things Japanese grows among Indonesians — from learning the language to eating the cuisine to embracing the sports.

The two grand champions or “yokozuna,” Mongolians Hakuho and Harumafuji, had been expected to dominate — but both suffered shock defeats to lower-ranked Kisenosato.

Hakuho looked to be on impressive form as he made it through successive rounds, in one bout guiding 206-kilograms Gagamaru of Georgia out of the ring in seconds.

But he met his match in the semifinals against Kisenosato, who also went on to win Saturday’s final against Harumafuji.

Kisenosato will now take part in the final of the two-day tournament on Sunday.

Before the fighting, some of the wrestlers took part in a skit which involved buttock slapping and picking up young fighters by their loincloths and hurling them around, drawing much laughter from the crowds.

“This is the first time I’ve seen sumo live, so it’s very exciting,” aikido instructor Sphinx Parlin Philips told AFP.

“This event is like an introduction to Japanese culture,” added Tukuji Yoshida, from local organiser Gotanda Denshi.

However, the sport is no longer purely Japanese, with many foreign-born wrestlers and its top rank of “yokozuna” occupied by the two Mongolians.

The last official sumo tournament outside Japan was held in Mongolia in 2008.

Sumo is gradually emerging from a series of scandals that have tainted its centuries-old image.

Match-fixing, drug use and bullying allegations have eroded its popularity, although it still has a huge following.


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I really wanted to watch but I'm broke at the moment.
The list of Rikishi participating also wasn't posted anywhere before the tournament.
Had I known both Yokozunas were going to participate, I would have choked my wallet for any extra money it had. *sigh*

nansan_ogawa 27th-Aug-2013 11:01 am (UTC)
Do you mean Rikishi from WWE ah~....
helios_blue 27th-Aug-2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
LOL Rikishi are the sumo wrestlers :)
Perhaps WWE Rikishi took his name from that. I've never seen a WWE match or that Rikishi though.
islandgurl84 27th-Aug-2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
i love sumo wrestling too bad live coverage was stopped. wo2w tickets are expensive.thanks for th3 recap.
banana666 27th-Aug-2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
i participated in this event as a staff and i get high five from them!!
they are all soooooo kind!!
but too bad, hakuho lost to Harumafuji T__T
helios_blue 27th-Aug-2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
Ah lucky you~~
Hakuho lost huh? Damn that must have been a really interesting tournament.
My friend also spotted some of them exploring Grand Indonesia yesterday after the tournament LOL.
I'm so jealous.
banana666 27th-Aug-2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
Many parents asked them to take photo with their child
And they lifted them hahaha
Hakuho was freaking strong! he got a lot of new fans from this tournament.*^O^*
really?? My friend also saw them wandering around f(x) looking for a place to eat.
helios_blue 28th-Aug-2013 05:07 am (UTC)
That must have been quite a sight seeing them lifting kids XDD
Hakuho is indeed very strong! You can tell why he got to be a Yokozuna.
I'm sort of his fan too hahaha.
I guess they roamed around the area around Bundaran HI. My friend said most locals who saw them around there were confused while the Japanese were hysterical XDD.
deyuna_decchan 28th-Aug-2013 12:28 am (UTC)
uwooooo!!!!
Indonesia go!!!
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