A couple of weeks ago I wrote about one of my favourite parts of Japanese culture (onsen, those relaxing hot volcanic baths that offer sanctuary to salarymen and travel writers alike). While I visited Tokyo I took time to enjoy something yet more iconic: a boisterous and engrossing sumo tournament in the Ryogoku Kokugikan, Japan’s national sumo wrestling stadium. It brought me my first – maybe only – chance to shoot some sumo photography. Not my usual subject!
My visit coincided with the September Championships, and I was lucky enough to have a ticket. (They sell out incredibly quickly: within a couple of minutes of accessing the sales site, the ‘best seats’ had gone, leaving me with seats rather higher and further from the action than I’d hoped. This, it turned out, wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, as wrestler after wrestler hurtled through the front rows like a bowling ball knocking down pins.)Read More