Tokyo Tourist Map: Bull Sumo / Togyu 闘牛

 Nestled inwards the pristine backwood of Koguriyama inwards Ojiya, there's a beautiful hilly surface area surrounded past times thick dark-green trees too Shinto Shrines.   There's a god for everything inwards Japan, fifty-fifty bulls.    The route upwardly to the arena is on a steep, uneven too windy path.  It's difficult to believe they built a bull arena this deep inwards the sticks making it the most inconvenient house you lot could perchance reach.  I persuasion the taxi driver was lost!   The air had a grassy manure scent mixed inwards alongside pino too beer!   I loved it.   On the agency up, in that location was almost a deafening quiet inwards my eardrum.   I could lastly distinguish the sounds of nature bird, insects, the sounds of tree branches rustling inwards the breeze.  It was nostalgic.  Places similar Ojiya are oftentimes associated alongside slap-up poets similar   Junzaburo Nishiwaki, a 4 fourth dimension Nobel Prize nominee, too a Person of Cultural Merit past times the Japanese government.   It's slow to come across where he derived his source of inspiration before on inwards his life. 

The Bulls are led out from their stables
The nooses are loosed 
Horns are locked too hence they become at it

Since the 17th Century bullfighting has existed inwards Japan.   Bullfighting or bull sumo, equally it's called euphemistically, is non the same equally Castilian bullfighting where human being is pitted upwardly against a 2000 pound bull  whose entirely intent is to kill or maim his opponent.  In Japan,there is no blood spilt too neither is the bull executed afterward losing.   Togyu is non equally widely known a sport inwards Nihon equally it was centuries ago.  Most native Japanese convey never fifty-fifty heard of the sport until lately thank you lot to syndicated tidings organizations similar NHK.    The sport itself originated inwards Okinawa but eventually spread to Shimane, Iwate, too eventually Niigata.   There are other places equally well.  

After loosing a match

 I chose  Ojiya City inwards Niigata Prefecture, the motherlode of slap-up sake, southern uonuma rice, too hegi-soba, to taste watching bull sumo.     I could've easily went to Okinawa or Shimane, but for me, the persuasion of watching a bullfight inwards the rice uppercase of Nihon was rather intriguing, since  Niigata is likewise known for having delicious beef.  

("Beef too rice together is worth to a greater extent than than life itself.   Hot obese beef over freshly steamed southern koshihikari rice is merely divine. ")    

The concluding number of the yr volition live held inwards November, so banking concern check around for it.    In bull sumo in that location are rankings for how good each bull performs, precisely similar you lot would come across inwards a existent sumo tournament.   There are likewise unlike weight classes hence that each jibe is evenly balanced.    There's fifty-fifty a bull yokozuna( grand champion) alongside its ain tassels wrapped around its head.   In the kickoff of a jibe bulls are paraded around the arena inwards social club to showcase their muscular bodies.   Just similar inwards human sumo, where each wrestler crouches downwardly to intimidate his opponent past times staring each other down, bulls likewise create a form of ceremonial posturing.   They permit out a serial of loud throaty moans.   This exhibition of audio is exquisitely beautiful to lookout adult man too hear.  

You tin accomplish Urasa Station via the Max Toki shinkansen from Tokyo Station.    Then transfer to the local draw of piece of job too operate on to Ojiya Station.  There is aught inwards Ojiya but one-time shops.  Also buses are highly infrequent.   From the station to the arena is  about 8.5 km.  or a 3500 yen taxi ride.    In my other shipping service I volition listing upwardly a brace of expert places to swallow around town.     

All inwards all, the number was spectacular particularly equally the bulls became to a greater extent than aggressive nigh towards the end.   It was likewise prissy watching the trainers wrestle the bulls away from each other, too watching them teach thrown around similar rag dolls.    The sheer ability of these animals on display is worth coming this far upwardly to watch.    Really.   I can't intend of a improve post-summer action to enjoy.   

This province never ceases to amaze me at how vast its cultural heritage is..   The Japanese convey successfully merged hence many natural too spiritual elements together hence seamlessly lest you lot had a keen optic you lot would hardly discovery it.    The bulls that fought today were friends, they weren't out to kill each other.  You could feel that inwards the air.  Just expert sports(bull)ship. 


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