Disaster charity goods on sale at Tokyo sumo hall

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 水曜日, 9月 21, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Sales of charity goods aimed at supporting reconstruction of quake- and tsunami-hit areas in northeastern Japan have begun at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan hall(両国国技館ホール), where the autumn sumo tournament is currently being staged.

All proceeds from the sales will be donated for reconstruction projects, with T-shirts, towels and badges being among the products sold under the charity drive “Dosukoi Nippon Project (どすこい日本プロジェクト),” named after a chant associated with sumo wrestlers when psyching themselves up for a challenge.

The charity drive at the hall for the 15-day autumn sumo meet that began Sept. 11, exactly six months after the disaster, was organized by some sumo elders.

Spinning tops with designs based on sumo grand champions from disaster-hit Miyagi Prefecture and using wood from the region have also been sold.

The toy set named “Sendai Date no Sumo Koma” (仙台伊達の相撲独楽/Spinning Tops of Sendai Date) contains four spinning tops and a circular platform like a sumo ring, in which the tops battle it out. Date is the name of a local feudal warlord family.

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