The Japan Sumo Association posted a short video loop to twitter today, showing the yobidashi and support crew working to rebuild the dohyo in the Kokugikan, in preparation for Sunday’s start of the Haru Basho for 2021. I would expect that the dedication ceremony, the dohyo matsuri, may once again be live streamed on Saturday, which would mean it would be live on YouTube some time Friday evening US time.
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.