Siam Paragon commemorates 136 years of Thai-Japanese relations with first Sumo Experience in Thailand

To commemorate the long-standing 136-year of diplomatic relation between Thailand and Japan, Siam Paragon, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Sumo Experience (a steady devoted to preserving and promoting sumo culture) and the nationwide airline of Japan Japan Airlines, is internet hosting “Siam Paragon the Wonderous Heritage of Japan.”
From July 6 – 9, 2023, Parc Paragon at Siam Paragon will supply a outstanding Sumo expertise for the first time in Thailand. This event extends a warm invitation to the public, offering free admission to expertise Japan’s nationwide sport with a heritage spanning over 2,000 years. This event amplifies Siam Paragon as a world vacation spot, the top-of-mind destination for Thais and visitors from across the globe.
The pinnacle of the occasion is the Sumo Wrestling efficiency, marking the first-ever showcase of this ancient sport in Thailand. Leading the charming spectacle shall be former skilled sumo wrestlers, together with Jokoryu, who achieved the celebrated “Komusubi”, which is a formidable 4th position out of a complete of 10 in the prime skilled sumo rating called “Makuuchi. Joining are also “Makushita” ranking wrestlers, including Bungo Nishiki, Kumako and Kotootori. Indeed, sumo wrestlers hold a big position as prestigious cultural ambassadors, carrying the spirit of this revered nationwide sport to audiences worldwide.
Sumo is Japan’s national sport which continues to get pleasure from reputation today. Every yr, over 800,000 Japanese residents and vacationers from around the globe eagerly participate within the six annual sumo tournaments. Furthermore, numerous viewers in Japan and worldwide tune in to watch the thrilling sumo matches broadcast live on NHK, the nationwide TV station.
In addition, the celebration promises a wealthy array of Japanese cultural essences amidst the enchanting atmosphere of the summer time festival featuring taiko drum performance, and the enchanting Japanese fan dance and Yosakoi dance by the Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology. Visitors may also have the chance to engage in numerous free workshops including the art of origami paper folding and the practice of making clay Daruma dolls. Featured additionally shall be delectable arrays of Japanese snacks and sweets as properly as exquisite souvenirs from Japan. For journey fanatics, engaging promotions of cultural “Trip to Japan” packages from Japan Airline awaits. A group of passionate younger era Thai artists call SalaArte can also be creating unique collections of handcrafted gashapon artwork toy in sumo and shonen (boy’s comics) themes, each impressed by Thai and Japanese culture.
Thanaporn Tantiyanon, Head of Business Unit, Siam Paragon, said…
“Siam Paragon takes nice satisfaction in organizing the event ‘Siam Paragon the Wondrous Japan Heritage,’ to commemorate this vital event of 136 yr of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Japan that holds deep significance for both international locations. As a renowned international destination among each Thai residents and vacationers from all over the world, Siam Paragon proudly stands as the top-of-mind destination. We additionally serve as a worldwide stage, providing an unparalleled world-class expertise. We contemplate it a great honor to represent Thailand in selling multi-dimensional Japanese traditions, especially this extraordinary sumo performance. For the first time in Thailand, this is a rare opportunity to witness this sumo spectacle up shut. This particular event may also supply a remarkable expertise encompassing a broad selection of Japanese arts and cultures, which is ready to foster a broader appreciation of Japanese heritage and further strengthen the bond between Thailand and Japan.”
Be a part of the 136th anniversary of Thai-Japanese relations at “Siam Paragon The Wondrous Japan Heritage” from 6-9 July 2023 at Parc Paragon. Admission is free.
The performance of Sumo, Taiko drum, and Japanese conventional dances features two exhibits per day, 90 minutes each at 14.00 hrs. and 17.00 hrs. Walk-in visitors are welcome or online reservation might be available by way of ONESIAM SuperApp solely on 5 July 2023 (seats are restricted to a complete of 300 per round). Origami workshop opens for walk-ins at thirteen.00 – 14.00 hrs. and Daruma doll workshop is scheduled from 16.00 – 17.00 hrs. For more data, please name 02-610-8000 or follow Facebook: Siam Paragon.
Sumo, a martial artwork with a history relationship back over 2000 years, stands as Japan’s oldest national sport that continues to captivate audiences right now. Its origins can be traced back to historic rituals performed as a form of worship to the deities. Over time, sumo advanced into a formalized sport, and the primary official sumo match happened during the Edo interval. At present, there are six sumo tournaments held annually in Japan. These tournaments happen in four completely different cities, particularly Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. Each tournament spans a period of 15 days.
During a sumo event, two contestants face off in opposition to each other in a circular ring known as a “dohyo.” The dohyo is constructed on a raised platform made of clay and is surrounded by a circle of rice straw bales. The aim for every wrestler is to pressure their opponent out of the ring or make any a part of their opponent’s body, other than their ft, contact the bottom. When either of these circumstances is met, the wrestler responsible is said the loser of the match.
Sumo follows a hierarchical ranking system often known as the “banzuke.” This ranking system consists of ten hierarchies. The highest ranks in the banzuke are the Yokozuna (Grand Champion) and Ozeki (Champion) ranks, adopted by the Sekiwake, Komusubi, and Maegashira ranks, which make up the high-level division generally recognized as the “Makuuchi”. Refund remaining hierarchies are namely Juryo, Makushita, Sandanme, Jonidan, and Jonokuchi.
Before each sumo match, there are rituals and ceremonies. These contain the wrestlers sprinkling salt on the dohyo, the sumo ring, which is believed to purify the ring and beat back evil spirits. The wrestlers stomp their feet and carry out a leg-spreading movement demonstrating their readiness for the battle forward.
Sumo wrestlers have a traditional coiffure that includes tying their hair right into a topknot. The fashion of the topknot varies depending on the wrestler’s rank within the hierarchy. Sumo wrestlers costume in a standard loincloth called a “mawashi,” and also a finely adorned knee-length silk ceremonial apron called Keshou Mawashi which might weigh over 10 kilograms.
Being a sumo wrestler entails a particular way of life that requires unwavering dedication. It calls for rigorous coaching and strict adherence to discipline. The profession holds great prestige and is very revered..

Leave a Comment