Sumo Champions Exhibition brings BIG Entertainment to San Francisco's Japantown

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On Sunday, September 20, the four-time World Sumo Champion, five-time US Sumo Champion, current US Sumo Champion, and the heaviest Japanese sumo wrestler ever will all descend on San Francisco's Japantown to compete in a Sumo Champions Exhibition in Japantown’s Peace Plaza. The event is free and open to the public and hosted by The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchant’s Association.

East and West Japan Center Malls Sumo Exhibition

On Sunday, September 20, the four-time World Sumo Champion, five-time US Sumo Champion, current US Sumo Champion, and the heaviest Japanese sumo wrestler ever will all descend on San Francisco's Japantown to compete in a Sumo Champions Exhibition in Japantown’s Peace Plaza. The event is free and open to the public.

All four wrestlers have been invited to compete by The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchant’s Association, and in partnership with USA Sumo:

  • Yama, 6’4″, 600 lbs, 2-time World Sumo Champion & Heaviest Japanese human being ever!
  • Byamba: 6'1", 370 lbs, 4-time World Sumo Champion
  • Kelly: 6'0", 440 lbs, five-time US Sumo Champion and Guinness World Record holder as the heaviest human ever to run a marathon
  • Roy: 6'5", 380 lbs, current US Sumo Champion

The event will also include Takio performances by Genryu Arts.

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
September 19, 5:00 PM: Free Kids Meet and Greet

September 20,
12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM: Live Sumo Matches
5:00 PM: Public Meet and Greet

East and West Japan Center Malls Sumo Exhibition

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.

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