Sumo wrestling comes to Thailand

15/03/2012

Thailand holidays have always offered something special, with the country boasting a diverse cultural heritage and an open mindedness for other cultures.

This year is no different, as the nation welcomed its first ever sumo wrestling competition, held in celebration of the King of Thailand’s 84th birthday.

Wrestlers were flown in from Japan, where the sport originates, and the event featured many wrestling heavy weights including Tochiozan and Tochinoshin.

Although described as a modern martial art, the sport has been played for centuries in Japan and the event was part of an ongoing cultural exchanged between the two countries.

Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali was also present for the festivities, which were aired live on television.

Other wrestlers in the tournament, which was watched by 500 important guests, included Tochinowaka, Kimurayama, Toshinonada and Kasugano Oyakata.

You never know what you may experience on a luxury holiday to Thailand and this tournament will certainly stay in the memories of all who were present.

Kobchai Chirathivat, who oversaw the event, said: “Sumo has been part of Japan’s highly prestigious cultural heritage for eight centuries and it is rarely seen outside the country” when speaking to the Bangkok Post.

Copyright Press Association 2012