The Origin of Sumo Wrestling Performance – Eko-in Temple and More

I have been posting about Eko-in Temple in Ryogoku.  The temple is not small but is not very large.  However, there are so many kinds of monuments in this temple and there are still many things to write about.  Today, it’s about Sumo Wrestling.

In my previous posting, I showed the Ukiyoe painting of Hiroshige Utagawa.  The temple is across the bridge and in front of this picture, there is a ladder-like tower.  On top of this tower, they used to beat the drum when there was sumo performance in the temple.

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By Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重) – Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum, Public Domain, Link

The Sumo wrestling performance was held in the property of the temple after 1781.  It is said that this is the origin of the current Sumo performance.  In 1909, Sumo Stadium called Ryogoku Kokugikan was built nearby and since then, the sumo wrestling was held in this stadium.

To commemorate the sumo started in this temple, there is a monument of Sumo wrestlers.


Rikizuka, the Monument of Sumo Wrestlers

Tomioka Hachimangu in Monzen Nakacho is also said to be the sacred land for Sumo and there is a monument there, too.

Another Sumo-related site is a shrine dedicated to Sumo.  It is in Ryogoku – near from Eko-in Temple.  The main god of this shrine is the god for sumo, Nominosukune.


Nominosukune Shrine near Ryogoku

This temple was built in 1885 by the master of Sumo wrestlers’ house.

If you walk or bike a bit, you will reach to Oyokogawa Water Park.  Walk up to the north of this park will take you to Tokyo Sky Tree.


Oyokogawa Water Park near Ryogoku


For More Information on Eko-in Temple

Address: 8-10 Ryogoku 2-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

For More Information on Nominosukune Shrine

Address: 8-10 Kamezawa 2-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo



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