If you want something, make it happen.
I bought 2 tickets, one for me and one for my friend. Unfortunately, my friend worked late so she couldn’t make it. Fortunately, I found a lone man lingering around the ticket booth that said “today’s match sold out”, and I made my first scalping transaction. LOL, at face value.
The tournament starts in the morning, but I decide to watch it around 2pm when they have an introduction ritual and when the more seasoned sumo wrestlers compete. With my general admission, I could sit anywhere in the last 2 rows in front or behind the stage.
Tip: I read online that it is possible to watch the earlier matches near the front and then later return to your designated seat/area once the crowds move in.
Each match lasts about 10 minutes: the wrestlers warm up, stamp their feet, throw salt, and wrestle. The wrestling itself doesn’t last more than 2 minutes. Sometimes, it lasts only seconds.
Having trained for dragon boat races in the past, I cannot imagine how much time and effort these wrestlers put in for these matches, and how shocking it can be to win/lose a battle in seconds.
I told my friend Miyuki I thought the sumo wrestlers don’t look as big as I imagined. She replied, “Is it because people in North America are big so you don’t think the sumo wrestlers are big?” Funny… but maybe it’s true.
Anyway, that is my sumo wrestling experience.