Events, Sumo Tournament

16th Annual Sumo Tournament Information + Signups!

Greetings everyone! We are so excited to announce the long-awaited return of one of our most popular events – the 2023 Sumo Tournament!


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The Akita International Sumo Tournament is an annual event that was first held in 2005 and has since welcomed participants from 15 countries, including Japan. Every year, we meet in a friendly sumo tournament – with both a men’s and women’s division – to decide who is worthy of Akita’s Yokozuna title. It’s a fun event that is unique to the Akita international community, so we hope you will join us in continuing the tradition! No sumo experience required but you must be 18 plus to participate!

Our 16th annual tournament will be held on Saturday, June 24th at the Akita Kenritsu Budokan.

The entrance fee to participate in the tournament is ¥500. Entry to watch the competition is ¥1000 for adults, and free for high school students and under. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go towards a local Akita charity (charity TBD).

Wrestlers, please sign up by Sunday, June 4th through this link: Sumo Participant sign-ups (

Wrestlers should arrive by 9:30 AM to prepare for the event and put on a mawashi.

Don’t want to wrestle, but want to be involved? We are also recruiting volunteers and bake sale contributors for the event!

Positions available are as follows:

Referees: (sumo experience preferred) Refs will stand inside the ring and adjudicate bouts.

Judges: Judges observe bouts from different angles to assist the referee where required. They may also be referred to for the scheduling of bouts.

MCs: The MC will introduce participants and help with communication between the event staff and the audience.

Bake sale contributors: Bring in food to be sold at the event bake sale. Treats that have been sold in the past included cornbread, sandwiches, scones, and cookies.

Volunteers, please pick a preferred position by Sunday, June 18th through this registration link: 2023 Tournament Volunteer sign-ups
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Volunteers and wrestlers will receive food during the event (likely onigiri and tea), and prizes will be awarded to the champions and runners-up.

Feel free to contact us with any questions through email or our Facebook or Instagram page!

Stay healthy, stay fit, stay pumped,
Team Charity Akita

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