I’ve been following a sumo tournament on NHK, a Japanese television station supplied through SKY. At the top level there are only six of these sumo tournaments per year. They start on a Sunday and finish on the Sunday fifteen days later. Bouts are held during the day, and end promptly at 6 pm. When the spectators approve of a wrestler they throw their seat cushions into the ring something that seemed to amuse me greatly.

The Sumo tradition, is thought to be a couple of thousand years old. The referees dress in the style of Shinto priests. I tried to photograph a referee from the television image but didn’t manage on this occasion.

Here is the scoreboard after 12 matches. I think that the leaders is the score in red.