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the national sport of Japan, is an unique ancient form of wrestling,
and professional sumô
ist still performed in the traditional fashion with different kind of
rituals and conventions, which have remained virtually unchanged for
several hundred years. With the raise of bushi
(warrior) society, sumô was used as a martial
art to discipline both mind and body.
Sumô is performed in a circular earthern ring called dohyô. There are six Grand Sumô Tournaments a year
(Tôkyô - Ôsaka - Tôkyô - Nagoya -
Tôkyô - Fukuoka), each lasting 15 days.