Grand Sumo Tournament on NHK World

COVID-19 has robbed us of traveling to Japan for a second spring season. But not all is lost, because we can still watch the Grand Sumo Tournament on NHK World.

Sumo Ceremony

Yokozuna ring-entering ceremony

Quick Sumo History

Sumo Wrestling got its start about 1,500 years ago as a Shinto ritual to offer prayers for a year of rich harvest.

It became more of a spectator sport during the Edo period, and many of its ritualistic formalities have remained unchanged to this day.

Sumo Opening Ceremony

Ring-entering ceremony

What is NHK World?

NHK is Japan’s largest television station, and NHK World is their global broadcast. They have a wide variety of shows, news and sports available in a number of languages, including English.

You can also download their app and watch from your phone, tablet or television.

How do I watch Grand Sumo on NHK World?

The Grand Sumo Tournament takes place six times per year and lasts two weeks. The most recent tournament highlights are available to watch during scheduled broadcasting. NHK Sumo airs four times per day at 12:30 am EST, 4:30 am EST, 12:30 pm EST, and 6:30 pm EST.

If none of these time slots fit your schedule, you can also watch the Grand Sumo highlights on-demand the following day. This is also great because it gives you a chance to catch up on all the bouts you may have missed.

Sumo Wrestlers Fighting

Tachiai – Two sumo wrestlers first collision

Grand Sumo 2021 and 2022 Schedules

The Grand Sumo Tournament takes place six times per year during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. The January, May, and September tournaments are held in Tokyo. The March tournament is held in Osaka, the July tournament is held in Nagoya, and the November tournament is held in Fukuoka.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s March tournament is being held in Tokyo.

Here is the entire Grand Sumo Tournament 2021 Schedule:

The January Tournament – January 10, 2021 to January 24, 2021

The March Tournament – March 14, 2021 to March 28, 2021

The May Tournament – May 9, 2021 to May 23, 2021

The July Tournament – July 4, 2021 to July 18, 2021

The September Tournament – September 12, 2021 to September 26, 2021

The November Tournament – November 14, 2021 to November 28, 2021

Here is the entire Grand Sumo Tournament 2022 Schedule:

The January Tournament – January 9, 2022 to January 23, 2022

The March Tournament – March 13, 2022 to March 27, 2022

The May Tournament – May 8, 2022 to May 22, 2022

The July Tournament – July 10, 2022 to July 24, 2022

The September Tournament – September 11, 2022 to September 25, 2022

The November Tournament – November 13, 2022 to November 27, 2022

You can learn more on the official Grand Sumo Tournament website.