🍥 Did you know that the ancestors of sumo rikishi (athlets) were actually slim? They were well-built and muscular of course, just like any other sportsmen, but eating a lot and being big has never been a requirement for being a sumo master in the ancient times.
🍥 Since Sumo was not only a sport and competition, but also a religious ceremony that has to be performed in front of the king pressured the rikishi not only to excel in the actual competition, but also look bigger than the opponent in order to get an upper hand.
Where do I know all these? Well, I did my research 😀
🍥 But if you want to know more, you can actually visit the Sumo museum in Ryogoku Kokugikan and learn more. The best part? It’s free!
🍥 Probably, the culture of eating chanko nabe and becoming big is derived from this . Oh, I can hear you asking “What is the chanko nabe?” Well, stay tuned for the next post for the answer ;)