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Sumo Wrestling

Sumo wrestling is the national sport of Japan. Two sumo wrestlers (rikishi) fight in a ring called dohyo. The sumo's basic rule is that the one who first makes his opponent step outside of the ring (dohyou) or makes him touch the ground with any part of his body wins.

There are six major tournaments (basho) each year: hatsu-basho (in January) at Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan ((813) 3623 5111, in Japanese only), haru-basho (March) at Osaka Municipal Gymnasium, natsu-basho (May) at Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, Nagoya-bacho (July) at Nagoya Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, aki-basho (September) in Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, Kyushu-basho (November) at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

You can watch sumo on TV (NHK) everyday during major tournaments. Each tournament lasts for fifteen days, and each sumo wrestler fights once a day

The sumo wrestler with the best record of wins over losses is awarded the Emperor's Cup on the final day. During a day, the sumo wrestlers who are in the higher ranks, such as ozeki or yokozuna fight later in the afternoon. Usually, they show up after 5 p.m. It is the best time to watch sumo if you want to see those famous rikishi.

If your visit to Japan is during the period of any sumo tournament, it is a good chance for you to watch the real sumo. Sumo is very popular in Japan, so it is recommendable to buy tickets in advance. Tickets are sold about one month beforehand. The special boxed area near the ring is called masu-seki (for 4 persons). The price ranges from 36,800 yen to 45,200 yen per box. In masu-seki, you need to sit on cushions in Japanese-style, so your legs might become numb. An ordinary reserved seat costs from 3,600 yen to 8,200 yen.

Enjoy the excitement of this Japanese traditional sport!

Japanese Women Pro Wrestling

Japanese women's pro wrestling has been one of the best in the world. Japanese women pro wrestling is called Joshi-proresu in Japanese and attracts lots of fans. Joshi-proresu association consists of All-Japan Women's Pro Wrestling, JWP Project, Ladies Legends Pro Wrestling, Yoshimoto Ladies Pro Wrestling, ARSION Hyper Visual Fighting, and GAEA Japan.

GAEA JAPAN is one of the most popular organizations for Japanese women pro wrestling. It was established in August, 1994. About 20 wrestlers belong to the GAEA. Some of the wrestlers in GAEA hold AAAW (All Asian Athlete Women) championship titles.

GAEA holds matches at Korakuen hall in Tokyo once a month and also holds many matches in other cities in Japan

Try to see Japanese women's pro wrestling matches while you are in Japan.

Address: 1F Meison Nanpeidai 6-7 Nanpeidai-chou Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0036
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Japanese Baseball League

Japan's professional baseball season is from April to October. There are two leagues in Japanese professional baseball: the Central League and the Pacific League. There are six teams in each league. The winners from both leagues meet in the Japan Series in October. In July, two or three All-Star games are held by best players from two leagues. Also, exchange games between two leagues called koryu-jiai are planned every year.

It's going to be so much fun to see popular baseball teams and players. If you are living in Japan or visiting Japan, plan to go watch a baseball game near you. Please contact each team's ballpark, Japanese travel agencies, or ticket centers, such as Ticket Pia.

Central League
Yomiuri Giants Ballpark: Tokyo Dome
Chunichi Dragons Ballpark: Nagoya Dome
Yokohama Bay Stars Ballpark: Yokohama Stadium
Yakult Swallows Ballpark: Gingu Stadium Tokyo
Hiroshima Toyo Carp Ballpark: Hiroshima Shimin Stadium
Hanshin Tigers Ballpark: Hanshin Koshien Stadium

Pacific League
Fukuoka Soft Bank Hawks Ballpark: Fukuoka Yahoo Dome
Seibu Lions Ballpark: Seibu Dome Saitama Tokorozawa
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters Ballpark: Sapporo Dome (Hokkaido)
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Ballpark: Full Cast Stadium Miyagi (Sendai)
Chiba Lotte Marines Ballpark: Chiba Marine Stadium
Orix Buffaloes Ballpark: Osaka Dome

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