Waseda University’s Sumo Club is a historic athletic club that was founded in 1917. During the All Japan University Sumo Uwashima Championship held last spring, Waseda defeated its strong rival Nihon University, proceeding to the final round of the tournament to be ranked as the top 8th team for the first time throughout Waseda’s history. As for the results for individual competitions, the Club’s ace Yukihiro Hashimoto carried the spirit of Waseda by ranking in the top 8 of the 97th All Japan University Sumo Championship. Moreover, in the 68th All Japan Sumo Championship, Hashimoto again advanced to the final round, where for the first time in 30 years he ranked in the top 16, enlivening the tournament.
This time, the ICC has planned a tour to watch the 10th “Waseda Cup” (a sumo tournament for Waseda students) organized by the Sumo Club and to enjoy a social mixer with Chanko Nabe.
Sumo is a Japanese martial art. It is based on Japan’s ancient Shinto beliefs, and is also a Shinto ritual. Before we watch the tournament, there will be explanations in Japanese and English about Sumo’s history, rules, etc. So, even if you do not know much about Sumo now, you will be able to enjoy the thrilling matches of the tournament. Then, after the “Waseda Cup” is over, you can mingle with everyone and eat Chanko Nabe!
This is a rare chance to watch a Sumo match from ringside! If you are interested in Sumo, if you are interested in Japan’s traditional culture, if you want to make more friends, do not miss this chance and join us!
Date & Time
Higashi-Fushimi Campus (Seibu-Shinjuku Line; meet at the ticket gate of Higashi-Fushimi Station, finish at the event location)
1. Sumo lecture
2. Watching the “Waseda Cup”
3. Chanko nabe social mixer
Japanese / English
Free (Please pay the travel cost to/from Higashi-Fushimi Station by yourself. If travelling from Takadanobaba Station take the Seibu-Shinjuku Line to Higashi-Fushimi Station. A one way ticket is 240 yen.)
Item to bring
Slippers or indoor shoes
Sign Up Period: May. 1 – June 3
Sign up through My Waseda
May. 1, (Wed) 9:00am
40 people. In the event of a large number of applications a lottery will be held. Results will be announced by email on the deadline day.)
Important points when applying
In general, cancellation after applying is not accepted. Please check your schedule carefully before applying.
★Sumo Club of Waseda University
Established in 1917. It is an athletic club that continues to preserve sumo while continuing to grow, by facing new challenges every day. It also holds the annual Waseda Cup and strives to recruit and foster new wrestlers.
Major achievements in the past 10 years (Excluding 2019)
2010 East Japan University Sumo Championship B Class – Team Champion
2015 East Japan University Sumo League 2nd Group – Team Champion (first time in 34 years)
2016 All Japan University Sumo Championship B Class – Team Champion (first time in 25 years)
2017 All Japan University Sumo Usa (Kyushu) Tournament – Team Rank 8 (first time in 54 years)
2017 East Japan University Sumo Championship A Class – Team Rank 8 (first time in 9 years)
2017 East Japan University Sumo Individual Championship (Weight class 135kg and below) – Champion (First time in Waseda’s history)
2017 All Japan University Sumo Individual Championship (Weight class 135kg and below)- Champion (First time in Waseda’s history)
★”Waseda Cup”（Sumo Tournament）
Tournament organized by the Sumo Club since 2011 to promote interest towards Sumo.
No matter if you are a beginner, regardless of your experience level,
As long as you are a Waseda student, you can join the tournament.
Registration: By e-mail to: shirodai59◎ruri.waseda.jp (PIC: Asada)
ICC TEL: 03-5286-3990
E-mail: [email protected]