The Sports - Japan
Sports - Japan
Japan started over 2,000 year ago from around the Heian period ( 794 - 1192), the imperial family often watched sumo as a form of enterainment Sumo evolved over many centuries, with the first professional sumo wrestlers appearing in the Edo period ( 1603 - 1868).
Because of this long history, sumo is considered Japan's national sport.
Right now there are three wrestlers at the top rank of yokozuna: Hawaiian - born Akcbono and brothers Wakanohana and Takahana. For more information on the history of sumo check out our Monthly News articles on youth sumo.
Many wrestlers weigh as much as 150 kilograms (300 pounds). In order to become this big, the average sumo wrestler eats up to 20,000 calories per day - about 10 times what an average adult needs!
Many different sports are played in Japan. Traditional martial arts like judo and kendo are popular, as are sports imported from from overseas, such as baseball and soccer (football).
The wrestlers are the big dudes are in the wrestlers in the world.
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