2013’s First Sumo Tournament Underway in Tokyo

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At Ryōgoku Kokugikan (両国国技館) in Tokyo, the first major sumo tournament of 2013 began today. The tournament lasts for 15 days with top sumo wrestlers, or rikishi, competing once each day. The goal for all rikishi is to end the tournament with a majority of wins, which ensures they advance to the next tournament in a yearlong series.

The Ryōgoku Sumo Hall can hold 13,000 people and will host two more tournaments this year, one in May and one in September.

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