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Friday, 24th April 2009
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Sumo supremos take to the ring next month

Sumo wrestlers in Japan are preparing for one the six Grand Tournaments of the year - the May Basho.

Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall is the venue for the event, which begins on May 10th and lasts for two weeks - finishing up on May 24th, Whatsonwhen reports.

The site notes that those planning to turn up will be able to witness some of the sport's greatest performers, while a range of seating options is available to spectators.

Those closest to the dohyo are the best but most difficult to obtain, so a simple cushion in the balcony area may be a better choice for those attempting to get hold of tickets.

Visitors to Japan will find that sumo wrestling offers a degree of insight to the culture of the nation, with Whatsonwhen explaining that the sport is "steeped in legend, history and ceremony".

Meanwhile, the site reports that September will see another of the Grand Tournaments take place at the same venue.

Written by Graham McPherson

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