Top popular sports in Japan

Sports become a profitable industry in Japan. The Government encourage people to play sport day by day as a good way to increase health and appearance. Furthermore, Japan also focus to build up professional sports. They own many talent athletes to get trophies or championships in the international competition.

In general, sport is one of aspect to discover the life and culture in Japan. In this article, we continue to find top the most popular sports in this country. Following it if you also like or want to experience about Japan.

6/ Sumo

Sumo has origin from the Antiquity period. It is also considered as a national sport. From history, the professional sumo competitions started in 1684 at Tokyo, then developed to other nations in Asia where Japan dominated. Therefore, sumo was spread out wide.

There are some special rules in Sumo which makes different and strange compared wrestling or boxing. For example, to become victory, you will force your opponent to go out the ring or touch his body with the ground. Besides it, it has some factors related to wrestler’s belt, comes off or mawashi.

Annually there are many sumo tournaments with other scales held throughout the country. The will fight to find two higher-ranked athletes in the ring. They are called yokozuna or ozeki.

Yokozuna is the most prestigious rank which is held to serve international wrestlers all over the world since 2000.

7/ Baseball

Baseball is also a national sport in Japan although Japan has no official sport recognized as a national sport by the international sport federation.

In Japanese language, baseball is called as yakyu, or puro. Since students in high school, baseball becomes a compulsory subject with the highest competition like the National High School Baseball Championships which is held annually in the summer.

The first baseball tournament was held in 1936 with joining of some clubs like

While baseball was introduced to the country in 1872, it took 64 years before a full professional the Tokyo Kyojin (now the Yomiuri Giants) or the Osaka Tigers (now the Hanshin Tigers). Since this event, every year, Japan is held at least a professional tournament about baseball.