One of the many highlights of summer is that it’s the season for sumo! The people of Amami Oshima have a close bond with sumo--a sport that encapsulates both the traditional and competitive. These pictures are from the Amami Islands District Middle School Sumo Tournament held on June 17th.
There are still more tournaments to come, some of which are part of the festivals in August, so be sure to stop by if you have the opportunity! Watching the matches live is truly a different experience from looking at photos or recordings, but hopefully, the following pictures can give a small glimpse of the spirit of sumo.