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 secure devoted to preserving and promoting sumo culture) and the national airline of Japan Japan Airlines, is hosting “Siam Paragon the Wonderous Heritage of Japan.”
From July 6 – 9, 2023, Parc Paragon at Siam Paragon will provide a exceptional Sumo experience for the first time in Thailand. This event extends a heat invitation to the basic public, providing free admission to expertise Japan’s national sport with a heritage spanning over 2,000 years. This event amplifies Siam Paragon as a worldwide vacation spot, the top-of-mind destination for Thais and guests from across the globe.
The pinnacle of the event is the Sumo Wrestling efficiency, marking the first-ever showcase of this ancient sport in Thailand. Leading the captivating spectacle might be former skilled sumo wrestlers, including Jokoryu, who achieved the distinguished “Komusubi”, which is an impressive 4th place out of a total of 10 within the prime professional sumo rating referred to as “Makuuchi. Joining also are “Makushita” rating wrestlers, together with Bungo Nishiki, Kumako and Kotootori. Indeed, sumo wrestlers maintain a major position as prestigious cultural ambassadors, carrying the spirit of this revered nationwide sport to audiences worldwide.
Sumo is Japan’s nationwide sport which continues to take pleasure in recognition today. Every year, over 800,000 Japanese residents and tourists from across the globe eagerly participate in the six annual sumo tournaments. Furthermore, countless viewers in Japan and worldwide tune in to watch the thrilling sumo matches broadcast reside on NHK, the nationwide TV station.
In addition, the celebration promises a wealthy array of Japanese cultural essences amidst the enchanting environment of the summer time pageant that includes taiko drum efficiency, and the enchanting Japanese fan dance and Yosakoi dance by the Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology. Visitors may even have the chance to interact in varied free workshops together with the artwork of origami paper folding and the follow of creating clay Daruma dolls. Featured additionally might be delectable arrays of Japanese snacks and sweets as nicely as beautiful souvenirs from Japan. For journey fanatics, engaging promotions of cultural “Trip to Japan” packages from Japan Airline awaits. A group of passionate younger generation Thai artists call SalaArte can additionally be creating unique collections of handcrafted gashapon art toy in sumo and shonen (boy’s comics) themes, both 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 significant event of 136 yr of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Japan that holds deep significance for both nations. As a renowned world destination amongst both Thai residents and tourists from around the globe, Siam Paragon proudly stands as the top-of-mind vacation spot. We also function a global stage, providing an unparalleled world-class expertise. We think about it a great honor to characterize Thailand in selling multi-dimensional Japanese traditions, particularly this extraordinary sumo efficiency. For the first time in Thailand, it is a rare alternative to witness this sumo spectacle up close. This specific occasion will also supply a remarkable experience encompassing a extensive array of Japanese arts and cultures, which will foster a broader appreciation of Japanese heritage and additional strengthen the bond between Thailand and Japan.”
Be a half 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 efficiency 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 on-line reservation shall be available through ONESIAM SuperApp only on 5 July 2023 (seats are limited to a complete of 300 per round). Origami workshop opens for walk-ins at 13.00 – 14.00 hrs. and Daruma doll workshop is scheduled from 16.00 – 17.00 hrs. For extra information, please name 02-610-8000 or observe Facebook: Siam Paragon.
Sumo, a martial artwork with a history relationship again over 2000 years, stands as Japan’s oldest nationwide sport that continues to captivate audiences right now. Its origins may be traced again to historic rituals carried out as a type of worship to the deities. Over time, sumo evolved right into a formalized sport, and the first official sumo match happened through the Edo interval. At present, there are six sumo tournaments held yearly in Japan. These tournaments happen in 4 different cities, specifically Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. Each tournament spans a length of 15 days.
During a sumo tournament, two contestants face off against each other in a circular ring known as a “dohyo.” The dohyo is constructed on a raised platform manufactured from clay and is surrounded by a circle of rice straw bales. Steal for each wrestler is to drive their opponent out of the ring or make any a part of their opponent’s physique, apart from their feet, contact the bottom. When either of these circumstances is met, the wrestler accountable is asserted the loser of the match.
Sumo follows a hierarchical rating system often known as the “banzuke.” This rating system consists of ten hierarchies. The highest ranks within 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 known as the “Makuuchi”. The remaining hierarchies are particularly Juryo, Makushita, Sandanme, Jonidan, and Jonokuchi.
Before every 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 keep off evil spirits. The wrestlers stomp their toes and carry out a leg-spreading motion demonstrating their readiness for the battle forward.
Sumo wrestlers have a standard coiffure that includes tying their hair right into a topknot. The fashion of the topknot varies relying on the wrestler’s rank throughout the hierarchy. Sumo wrestlers dress in a conventional loincloth called a “mawashi,” and also a finely decorated knee-length silk ceremonial apron called Keshou Mawashi which may weigh over 10 kilograms.
Being a sumo wrestler entails a particular way of life that requires unwavering dedication. It calls for rigorous training and strict adherence to discipline. The career holds nice status and is very respected..

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