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14 Lessons Every Tourist Learns After Their First Sumo Wrestling Tournament

Beer and sumo wrestling = the perfect day out.

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1. The arena is an incredible looking structure.

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From the outside there are flag-lined streets and it is busy AF.

2. You can get a tourist photo ANYWHERE.

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3. Like everywhere in Japan, there are mascots.

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4. One day of the tournament lasts for as long as eight hours.

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And the tournament goes across multiple days.

5. The wrestlers are treated like rockstars.

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They get mobbed when coming and going from the stadium. And if you're lucky, they'll pose with you for a photo.

6. When the hunger sets in, there’s nothing better than grabbing a quick bento box.

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7. The majority of the stadium is designed to get as many spectators in as possible.

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In the centre is a much smaller area where each bout takes place underneath a rather ornate centrepiece.

8. The sumo wrestlers are incredibly agile athletes.

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Look at that lift!

9. Throughout the tournament, the bouts are broken up by a whole range of traditional practices.

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The wrestlers are ceremoniously presented to the crowd and banners are raised in honour of champions.

10. Beer and sport go together no matter where you are in the world.

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And good news, beer can be delivered to your seat.

11. There are a lot of false starts.

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12. While most of the actual bouts last a matter of seconds.

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13. If you have the most expensive seats in the house, you need to be on your A game.

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While they might be the best seats, they're also the most ~dangerous~.

14. And after the final bout of the day, spectators throw their cushions at the centre of the arena.

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