Sumo Style

A cartoon-like illustration of two wrestlers in competition—a barefoot mawashi-clad sumo from Japan and mustachioed man in an old-fashioned one-piece wrestling uniform from the United States, American and Japanese flags fly in the background.

A quintessentially Japanese institution, the ancient sport of sumo is not only Japan's national sport but also a cultural treasure that transcends mere athletics. Yet it is still new to the West. The “Americanization” of sumo traditions has bolstered the sport’s fan base outside Japan—as well as exposed it to curious onlookers that are perplexed by wrestlers’ style, girth and agility.

What’s this world of sumo all about? Why do sumo wrestlers dress like they do—and why are they so big?

Find out with this interactive guide to the sumo wrestler >>

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