Sumo Festival

5 May

Yesterday we decided to take our kids to the amusement park at Tokyo Dome City, but on the way we decided to stop at the 国技館 (Sumo Arena) because there was a festival there today.

One of the most popular booths at the festival was the one that had a few sumo wrestlers serving Chanko.

Chanko is Sumo wrestlers’ staple food. It’s kinda like a big soup / stew. It’s quite tasty…and filling!

Here’s a movie I took of the Sumo wrestlers serving Chanko:

From the festival, we took the train to the Tokyo Dome. My kids rode the roller coasters, water flume ride, etc while my wife and I watched (and I took pictures of them).

After that, we had dinner at an 居酒屋 (Izakaya…a Japanese “blue collar” type restaurant). “Izakaya” is a great dining experience…but not so easy to explain—come to Japan and try one.

2 Responses to “Sumo Festival”

  1. tokyo5 May 6, 2008 at 12:08 am #


    Yes, all of my videos on this site are uploaded to my YouTube page first.
    (My YouTube page is at: this link , by the way…the link is also in the right-hand column of this site’s main page under the “Blogroll” heading.)

    And yes, Japan has many festivals…it’s an important part of Japanese culture.


  2. Mb May 5, 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    Chanko and Izakaya sound interesting. I hope you remind me to try them when I finally do visit! I enjoyed watching the video. Did you post that on youtube? Today we went to a festival, too, with friends. The Renaissance Festival near Dallas. It was fun! There are alot of festivals in Dallas, too (maybe not quite as many as in Tokyo–I don’t know–it seems like you guys are always going to festivals). We just never go! I hope to do more things like that now that I’ve finished classes. Anyways, it was fun.


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