Society of Asian Pacific (SOAP) Central Coast
Traditions of Sumo Wrestling
Think you know all about sumo wrestling? Think again.
If you love sumo as much as we do, you'll be keen to know all about the traditions, the ceremony, training, even the clothing and footwear worn by champions.
Find out more in this Japan Times feature - https://sports.japantimes.co.jp/sumo/2019-special/new-year-basho.html
Here in Australia, we tend to raise a glass for the New Year, get together with family and friends and take it easy. But what happens in Japan? Shogatsu, or New Year’s holidays, are a special time for Japanese, who typically revisit and take part in long-standing traditions. It’s a time when those who left their hometowns go back to visit their families, invite relatives and friends to their homes and wear kimono. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2019/01/01/language/traditional-activities-ring-new-year/#.XDrXANR97wd
2018 marked the 30th anniversary of our sister city agreement with Edogawa City in Japan. To celebrate, a special Friendship Day and week of activities was held at the Edogawa Commemorative Garden last October. SOAP Central Coast was there promoting Japan, our fabulous sister city of Edogawa, its people and culture. Thanks to Central Japan Railway Company and Japan National Tourism Organisation for providing promotional material, to Central Coast Council for coordinating the event and to our dedicated team of volunteers who were on hand throughout the day.
The 2018 SOAP tennis tour started well with a meeting at Edogawa City Office, catching up with Mayor Tada.
While in Edogawa, the group visited Tower Hall Funabori, Zenyoji Temple and Yogo-no-matsu - a magnificent 400 year old pine tree. They also visited Seaside Resort, Kasai Rinkai Park, the aquarium and giant wheel. They played tennis with Edogawa Tennis Association and also gave a coaching session. Photo shows SOAP Vice-Chairman David Graham with Edogawa Mayor Masami Tada.