Women Going Back to the Sumo World

Despite much of the sumo culture still remaining off limits to women, sujo (women who are sumo devotees) have now joined their kakutogijoshi (women who go in for martial arts) counterparts in the mainstream.

Today, many of the top sumo wrestlers are rumored to have at least one female fan backing them in the crowd at events. It’s a different time form about thirty years of ago, where sumo wrestlers would say or do anything outside of their stable. Back then, dating was banned and any marriages were arranged.

Today, however, many sumo wrestlers are well-spoken with a college education. More are also preferring to go by their last names, rather than a wrestler name. This includes Endo, a sumo champion who is a graduate of Nihon University, and Ura, a Gakuin University graduate who wears a non-traditional pink mawashi.

The sumo world still has a bit of a gender gap — women still are not allowed to come to close too the edge of the sumo ring or the sacred salt thrown before sumo bouts. But it’s clear women are joining the ranks in a way, thanks to being attracted to the tradition and culture sumo brings.

Original story: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2016/11/07/language/strength-tradition-draw-women-back-sumo-world/#.WCVz59xO36Q

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