Are you a lady who is interested in learning a bit about Japan’s sumo wrestling culture? Have you ever wanted to try it yourself?
Here’s your chance to participate in a female-only sumo competition hosted by Fukushima-cho in the south!
Fukushima-cho is the hometown of two renowned sumo champions (yokozuna), Chiyonoyama and Chiyonofuji. This is the 24th year the event is being held. The participants are all female, but the age ranges from young (the minimum age to participate is 18) to old, and in recent years fellow JETs have joined this event as participants and competed in some powerful matches!
Here are some more details of the event:
Sunday, May 8 2015
9:30 – around 14:00
Kagamiyama Park (Fukushima Daijinguu)
Matsumae-gun, Fukushima-cho, Aza-fukushima 219
Ladies over the age of 18
2000 yen to participate (paid by registered mail (Genkin Kakitome), or in person at Fukushima-cho office)
Free to come watch
Not only do the winners get fabulous prizes including cash, there are prizes and souvenirs for all participants, too!
How do I apply?
Fill out this form below and send it, with 2000 yen cash, by registered mail to Fukushima Tourism Association:
〒049-1392 北海道 松前郡 福島町 字福島 820番地
Hokkaido, Matsumae-gun, Fukushima-cho, Azafukushima 820-banchi
Fukushima Tourism Association
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 22 (or when it reaches the max number of participants, 64 people), so get your applications in early!
Please direct them to Fukushima Tourism Association:
(You should be able to e-mail them in English)
If you’re not so inclined to participate but want to watch, or you are into photography, there is also a photo contest! Attend the event, take some amazing shots of these wonderful wrestlers, and send them to Fukushima-cho to win great prizes.
And no, you don’t have to be a lady to take the photos!
Apply here: http://www.town.fukushima.hokkaido.jp/div/kankou/spot/event/onnazumou/photo27.pdf
Can I do anything else at the event?
This year, Fukushima Tourism Association is calling for female volunteers in judging/call-out of participants, too. If you have communicative Japanese skills, and you would like to take part in this event as a volunteer, please contact the association at the e-mail above.