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Aug '09

Invisible Guts: Scrawny Sumo Wrestling

Australians skip the inflatable sumo suits and go straight for the gut at an ancient sumo ring in Nagoya, Japan.

Australians skip the inflatable sumo suits and go straight for the gut at an ancient sumo ring in Nagoya.

SUBMITTED BY: David Douglas Stuart, a.k.a. “Big Kamo”     LOCATION: Nagoya, Japan (2003)

Unless you’re singing the national anthem or are a major advertiser, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium would never let you on the field for a fantasy jog around the bases. Not so at the sacred sumo rings at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

All you have to do is show up when there are no fat guys.

David and his brother Joe each weigh about 75 kg, or 165 pounds, which wouldn’t even qualify them to work at the Nagoya Sumo Snack Bar.

(Big Kamo is an Australian writer who blogs about travel. Read his offbeat travelogues of Vanuatu and Japan here.)

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