Karatoyama Shinji Sumo is a sumo tournament which is held as a Shinto ritual event in the Reitai Sai, the most important event of a shrine, in this case, Shikinaishahakui Shrine.
Sumo wrestlers from all over the Hokuriku region compete for Ozeki title in order to dedicate to Shikinaishahakui Shrine.
Karatoyama Shinji Sumo is known as the oldest sumo tournament in history, and it has been handed in since the period of the 11th emperor of Japan, Suinin (reigned 29 BC to 70 AD).
It is believed that the first tournament was held to dedicate Prince Iwatsukiwake no Mikoto, son of emperor Suinin and who loved sumo 2000 years ago.
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Karatoyama Sumo -jo, Hakui City, Ishikawa Prefecture