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Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan's national sport.The governing body of professional sumo is the Japan Sumo Association. Six tournaments are held every year: three in Tokyo (January, May and September) and one each in Osaka (March), Nagoya (July) and Fukuoka (November). Each tournament lasts for 15 days during which each wrestler performs in one match per day except lower ranked wrestlers who perform in fewer matches.The rules are simple: the wrestler who first exits the ring or touches the ground with any part of his body besides the soles of his feet loses. Matches take place on an elevated ring (dohyo), which is made of clay and covered in a layer of sand. A contest usually lasts only a few seconds, but in rare cases can take a minute or more. There are no weight restrictions or classes in sumo, meaning that wrestlers can easily find themselves matched off against someone many times their size. As a result, weight gain is an essential part of sumo training.Japan's the only place where you can go and see a professional sumo match, so I feel that this is a must-see attraction. The atmosphere of the Sumo Hall (Ryogoku Kokugikan) will really leave you speechless.
There are six annual tournaments, each lasting for 15 days. The tournaments are held in Tokyo in January, May and September, in Osaka in March, in Nagoya in July, and in Fukuoka in November. During the tournament, matches are televised daily from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

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