Sumo WrestlingThis is traditional Japan’s sport, which began as a religious ceremony to pay homage to Shinto deities. Wrestlers still throw salt in the ring to ward off evil spirits. Nevermind that many of the top wrestlers are Mongolian—a sumo wrestling match remains a unique and wonderful window into the soul of the country. Ask your hotel concierge about the tatami seats.
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