Sumo, Japan’s national sport

SUMO originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It has a history of spanning many centuries. Many ancient traditions have been preserved in Sumo. Sumo actually comes from Shinto practices, and still very closely associated with its religious origins. The 6-ton canopy that hangs over the ring inside the Kokugikan stadium in Tokyo (the only hall where sumo bouts take place in the region) is modeled after the roof of the Shinto shrine, indicating that the ring itself is a holy place.

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