Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine

Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine

Edo The origin of Kanjin Sumo

Kanjin Sumo originated in the location on which Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine now stands, and was the first sumo to be officially recognized by the Edo shogunate. Among various sumo-related monuments within the grounds of the shrine is one dedicated to yokozuna, the grand champions of sumo wrestling. The Yokozuna sumo wrestler monument was erected in 1900 (the 33rd year of the Meiji era) to honor successive generations of yokozuna, and was the brainchild of 12th sumo grand champion Jinmaku Kyuugorou. Engraved on the monument are the yokozuna’s stage names, starting with Akashi Shikanosuke, the first ever sumo grand champion. When a new sumo grand champion is decided, an engraving ceremony is held here under the guidance of the Japan Sumo Association, with an entrance procession of wrestlers dedicated to the new champion.

Address 1-20-3, Tomioka, Koutou-ku
Access Toei Oedo Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line "Monzen-Nakacho Station" Exit 1 3-minute walk
URL http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp/

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