The less well known and unranked sumos began in the morning, and it was not until around 3:15 when the higher ranked sumos came in and did the ceremonial dance, and then the lower ranked wrestlers started, going up to the highest ranked. There were about 40 of these bouts which lasted all of about 10-15 seconds on average. The two wrestlers sometimes tried to psyche one another out by getting into position and then standing and sometimes doing a cheer for the crowd before the referee started the actual bout. The match goes until somebody is tossed outside of the outer rope lining the stage or until someone falls.
The thought of concluding this 14.5 month extravaganza was quite strange. What would be next? What would I do? Where would I go?
Upon Arrival into New York, I took time to see friends, family and then be a tourist in my own state! I explored Chinatown, Little Italy and Wall Street! I still want to check out some more areas when I return in a few days!
I have a return ticket to Tokyo for one week later - it's time to get focused now, let's go ;)