It’s almost sumo time, and pictures released on the Sumo Kyokai’s twitter feed show the team busy building the dohyo for this weekend’s start of the Aki basho. The raised fighting platform will be consecrated in a ceremony a bit before noon in Tokyo on Saturday. It’s unknown if, given the restrictions around COVID-19, if the public will be invited to attend as they were in less restrictive times.
Word comes to Tachiai that the yobidashi crew is hard at work building the dohyo for the Hatsu Basho, now just a few days away. The team in the Kokugikan first break down the clay platform last used in September’s Aki basho, and remakes it from scratch, by hand.
Below, some fun video from the Sumo Kyokai’s twitter feed showing the work in progress
In Tokyo, the yobidashi crew are hard at work building the dohyo for the upcoming Natsu basho, which starts Sunday. As can be seen in this photo from the Sumo Kyokai’s twitter feed, the team first breaks down the old dohyo, mixes the clay and shapes it anew.
The construction will continue for the next several days, culminating with a consecration ceremony on Saturday, just before the yusho portraits of the last two Emperor’s Cup winners are unveiled. With the Natsu basho only a few days away, we are eagerly awaiting the return of sumo action.
The Yobidashi team are hard at work in the EDION arena in Osaka Japan, creating the dohyo for the upcoming Haru basho. In the media from the Sumo Kyokai’s twitter feed, we can see that the platform has its shape, and the ring is clearly visible. On Saturday, the ring will be consecrated during the dohyo matsuri, and we will be ready for action on Sunday.