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adam139    3

Beautiful temple.

Sorry for the nitpicking, but actually it's a shrine not a temple. Temples are Buddhistic, shrines are Shintoistic.

A Shinto shrine (神社 jinja ?, archaic: shinsha, meaning: "place of the god(s)") is a structure whose main purpose is to house ("enshrine") one or more Shinto (神道 Shintō ?)

Yes, shinto is a lovely religion. :-)

Learning about it has deepened my appreciation of sumo and sumo has deepened my appreciation of it.

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Akinomaki    16,000

Hitori-zumo 一人角力 on the 13th at the Ōyamazumi-shrine in Imabari, Ehime.

Same cast as every year since 1999, both Ichirikizan 一力山 and gyoji.

This year another performance (hitori-zumo booms as well) before the main on the 21st this month - and reported live by Fuji TV like 2men-sumo, with an interview of Ichirikizan afterwards: "The spirit was strong again today".

http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00305142.html

A nice program for this year, with background reports

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Akinomaki    16,000

An ancient custom at a local shrine on Sep.1st in Itoshima-city, Fukuoka, Keya-kazedome-zumo 芥屋風止め相撲 - to stop the wind (it's the typhoon season) from destroying the harvest. Some ceremonial bouts of young and old amateur rikishi

子供も大人も楽しむ相撲行事

but the nicest are the smallest rikishi - their dohyo-iri is the climax, the musubi of the event

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As usual: to pray for a good harvest and for the babies to grow up healthy and sound.

http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160902/k00/00m/040/042000c

http://www.ito.town/detail/index_334.html

http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp/fukuoka/detail/40230ba2212085469

 

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mikawa    503

The annual dedicatory sumo event held at the Suwa Shrine in Tachikawa City (立川諏訪神社), which includes a few bouts of blindfold sumo, a fun twist to the sport. Most of the participants are members of the local sumo club - Tachikawa Renseikan Sumo Dojo (立川錬成館):

 

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Akinomaki    16,000
On 12.8.2016 at 11:21, Akinomaki said:

When you hear kami-zumo you mostly will encounter the play with paper rikishi, so I put the right kanji into the title: not the kami=paper but kami=gods. Kami-zumo is said to be the oldest puppet show in Japan and is held every 4 years, dating back to 719, at the Hachimankohyō shrine in Yoshitomi town, Fukuoka.

Not just puppets, some real with that in the title exist as well, all intangible folk custom cultural assets.

Kids kami-zumo in Takamatsu-city, Kagawa, in Murecho, Tai 田井の子供神相撲, dates back over 1000 years and is also connected to Minamoto no Yoshitsune, one of the most loved tragic heroes in Japan (among them also Sanada Yukimura from this year's taiga drama) http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASJ9Q4VQ9J9QPLXB004.html

intai dohyo-iri after 6 years:

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Last year with video: http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASH9R3FWXH9RPLXB00C.html

More pics: http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp/kagawa/detail/37201ba2212083236

older video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gwjb_cyhy4

And I had this one already last year: Karatoyama Shinji-zumo 唐戸山神事相撲 http://www.hokkoku.co.jp/subpage/HT20160926401.htm

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last year's pics and videos in the old post:

On 29.9.2015 at 15:38, Akinomaki said:

Said to have a 2000 year history: Karatoyama Shinji-zumo (Shinto ceremonial sumo) in Hakui-city, Ishikawa. Iwatsuku Wake-no-mikoto, enshrined as deity in the local Hakui shrine, had loved sumo. Each year on his death anniversary this sumo event takes place.
The city gets divided into upper mountain and lower mountain and from each part rikishi are paired and fight 2 bouts - thus a draw is possible. Those fighting in the last bout get the title ozeki.
These kind of shinto ceremonial sumo events were frequent in Ishikawa during the Edo period, but now only 3 remain.
Karatoyama Shinji-zumo was this year made prefectural intangible cultural asset. They do a dohyo-iri with kesho mawashi, sumo jinku and kept the ancient style, doing it at the shine of the special watch fire.

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Kuroyama    522
9 hours ago, Jigoro said:

Is the mawashi a (relatively) modern addition?  

They don't look so much like shorts to me as hakama that have been hiked up to bare the legs. I wish the video started at the beginning of the ceremony. But just guessing now, the other clothes and katana laid down on the steps behind them suggest they're miming two samurai who meet and decide to settle their differences by wrestling rather than dueling, the wrestling match having been converted into a purely ceremonial act.

The mawashi is simply a form of the fundoshi, traditional Japanese men's underwear which they used for many centuries prior to the mid-20th. So it's unlikely to be a recent addition. In old illustrations of sumo bouts you can see it was at one time nowhere near as wide and heavy as it is now. I'd guess it evolved into its present form simply because getting hauled up by narrow loincloth is, to say the least, uncomfortable. Particularly when you weigh 150kg or more.

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Akinomaki    16,000
18 hours ago, Kuroyama said:

They don't look so much like shorts to me as hakama that have been hiked up to bare the legs. I wish the video started at the beginning of the ceremony.

This full version of the Nettei-zumo video shows a bit more

 

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Kuroyama    522

Thanks! I'm sure the gentleman at 2:25 is explaining all about it, but I use up pretty much all my Japanese with "konnichi wa".

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Akinomaki    16,000
On 26.2.2017 at 06:49, Kuroyama said:

Thanks! I'm sure the gentleman at 2:25 is explaining all about it, but I use up pretty much all my Japanese with "konnichi wa".

He's only talking a bit about the history, the link to the explanation is given on the YouTube video page: http://www.city.yabu.hyogo.jp/3520.htm

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PawnSums    58

!Dumb question alert!

is it the same ichirikizan? forever?

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Akinomaki    16,000

As forever as the top gyoji in ozumo has the name Kimura Shonosuke, the rikishi fighting the spirit for that particular hitori-zumo event will have the name Ichirikizan. If it gets very popular, they also may mention what generation of Ichirikizan it is, like the 36th Shonosuke forever remains that still after intai.

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Akinomaki    16,000

Yesterday was the traditional Kaizu rikishi matsuri in Makino town, Takashima, Saga. The festival dates back to about 300 years ago. Youths working at the harbor's cargo stores pose as rikishi, but only in respect to wearing kesho-mawashi, otherwise just a normal matsuri.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/shiga/news/20170429-OYTNT50129.html

http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/sightseeing/article/20170430000022

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2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn9PGpFCPGA

2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF3sDRacvBw

Edit: I forgot the overview for baby cry sumo - it's the season again - Jiji DB with English captions

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and Asahi

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Akinomaki    16,000

It's again naki-zumo season - the bouts for the babies, but I only show their dohyo-iri this time

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As part of the 70th Matsuura adult sumo tournament in Karatsu, Saga: the 1 year old first sons of the son and the 2 daughters of an OB (66) who took part 6 times - with a set showing kanji of their first names http://www.saga-s.co.jp/news/saga/10105/460774

Shin 真 , Gou 鋼 , Sousuke 颯助 http://www.saga-s.co.jp/news/saga/10105/461325

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the older kids do it on their own - The Komoro Hachimangu Hassaku sumo dates back to 1691, it started by the order of the Komoro daimyo

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Akinomaki    16,000
On 5.9.2017 at 19:39, Akinomaki said:

As part of the 70th Matsuura adult sumo tournament in Karatsu, Saga

7 about 1 year old boys had a dohyo-iri, Saga shimbun shows the other 4 as well, with age, name, shusshin and parents listed http://www.saga-s.co.jp/news/saga/10105/461047

2 with proper and visible kesho mawashi: 彪斗(Hyuuto 8m) 律(Ritsu 1y)

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Akinomaki    16,000
On 11/27/2013 at 17:38, Akinomaki said:

At the 160year old traditional Otoi-Ōzumō on the 26th, 27th in Nomura-cho, Seiyo city, Ehime pref., sekitori etc. took part: local Kataonami-oyakata; Shohozan and Goeido at a baby dohyo-iri.

This is the long-time unique tournament event with ama-pro bouts.

Not only hype rikishi in ozumo get stamps - also Otoi-ozumo got some, though this year due to the scandal no pro-rikishi took part in the bouts. Old pics are used, but for a reason - it's Nomura local Tamakasuga helping with the baby dohyo-iri etc.

1000 sheets went on sale on the 28th in Ehime and around and one week later on the net. http://www.post.japanpost.jp/kitte_hagaki/stamp/frame/detail.php?id=409

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Akinomaki    16,000
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In Japan there are new year events of "...-beginning" (-zome/-hajime) or (hatsu-) "first- ..." for all kinds of things - the first budo keiko events on the 8th include also sumo

one event in Yaizu

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Budo-hajime for sumo in the Tokyo Budokan

 

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Akinomaki    16,000

This time of the year, sumo tournaments on a snow dohyo are held for kids

one at the Shinjo snow festival, at 1 min in the NHK video http://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/yamagata/20180210/6020000049.html

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and in Mitakeumi's hometown the On-snow Sumo Agematsu-basho - like at the 1st last year he's watching over it as a snowman

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last year http://www.keiho-news.com/keiho_hn/2017/mitakeumi/

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the winner got a calligraphy with his sign

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