I post this press release as a service and because Sumo wrestling is interesting.
THE JAPAN CENTER MALLS AND JAPANTOWN MERCHANT’S ASSOCIATION
JOIN FORCES TO PRESENT BIG ENTERTAINMENT TO SAN FRANCISCO
FREE Sumo Champions Exhibition
Scheduled for September 8, 12pm to 3:30pm
San Francisco, August 9, 2012 – On Saturday, September 8, the three-time World Sumo Champion, three-time US Sumo Champion and a multi-tournament medalist will all descend on San Francisco to compete in a Sumo Champions Exhibition in Japantown’s Peace Plaza. The event is FREE and open to the public.
All three wrestlers have been invited to compete by The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchant’s Association, and in partnership with SF Weekly, the Center for Asian American Media and USA Sumo:
· Byamba: 6’1″, 370 lbs, Mongolian, three-time World Sumo Champion
· Kelly: 6’0″, 430 lbs, three-time US Sumo Champion and Guinness World Record holder as the heaviest human ever to run a marathon (he completed in the Los Angeles Marathon in 2008 and 2011).
· Big Joe: 6’1″, 350 lbs, Tongan, multi-time medalist at many US Sumo Open and other tournaments
Different from other Bay Area sporting events – or the Olympics, for that matter – anyone who has an interest in the sport, or just happens to be curious about the physical size of these modern-day warriors can actually meet them face-to-face. In addition to the live matches, two meet and greet sessions have been scheduled with one specifically geared toward children:
Schedule of Events
10am-10:45am: Free Kids Meet and Greet
12pm- 3:30pm: Live Sumo Matches
4:30pm: Public Meet and Greet
According to Wikipedia, Sumo is a competitive full-contact sport where a wrestler (rikishi) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyō) or to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of the feet. The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally.Many ancient traditions have been preserved in sumo, and even today the sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt purification, from the days when sumo was used in the Shinto religion.
This Sumo Exhibition is an event is organized and sponsored by The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchants Assocation, and it’s part of a series of events designed to educate and entertain the public with traditional Japanese and Asian cultural activities. For more information on the Sumo Exhibition, or to discover other events, visit japancentersf.com.