Sumo Brings Ground Pounding Entertainment to SF Japantown

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Japan Center Malls and Japantown Merchants Association hosts the 5th Annual Sumo Exposition in SF Japantown with a Meet and Greet 5pm, Saturday afternoon and exhibitions starting Sunday at noon.

We are excited to bring Japan's most popular sports event for the fifth time to SF Japantown and Northern California - Adam Straus - Japan Center Malls / Straus Events

On Sunday, September 11 at 12pm, San Francisco’s Japantown will host the only free to the public Sumo exhibition in the country. Featuring the four-time World Sumo Champion, two-time World Sumo Champion and the heaviest Japanese Human in History, the two-time US Sumo Champion, and an African Sumo Champion will all descend on San Francisco to compete in a Sumo Champions Exhibition in Japantown’s Peace Plaza. The event is open to the public.

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

Byamba, 6’1″, 370 lbs, 4-time World Sumo Champion
Yama, 6’4″, 600 lbs, 2-time World Sumo Champion. Heaviest Japanese human being in History!
Roy, 6’5″, 380 lbs, 2-time US Sumo Champion
Takeshi, 5’8″, 220 lbs. Japanese University Champion
The event will also include an Taiko performance by Japantown's Genryu Arts for our opening and intermission.

Different from other Bay Area sporting events 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 10 at 5PM - Free Kids & Family, Media Meet and Greet

September 11
12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM - Live Sumo Matches
5:00 PM - Public Meet and Greet

About the SF Japantown Sumo Exhibition

This Sumo Exhibition is an event is organized and sponsored by The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchants Association, and is 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

About Japan Center Malls

The East & West Japan Center Malls are located at the heart of San Francisco’s historic Japantown neighborhood. Originally, this area was built in 1968 and called the “Japanese Cultural and Trade Center” alongside the Buchanan and Kinokuniya Malls. The East and West Mall are home to exciting and ethnically diverse shops and restaurants.

About the Japantown Merchant Association

The Japantown Merchants Association (JMA) is a member merchant association supporting the Japantown business corridor by encouraging business traffic with its services. Its membership consist of long-time businesses, and community organizations.

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