Our walking tours of Fukuoka always includes a Shrine is our travels as it is a great way to connect to Japanese History and Culture. The Shinto religion encompasses everything Japanese and it is believed that the gods created Japan in its purest form. Sumo, the National Sport of Japan, was originally performed as a Shinto ritual and the Deity of the Sumiyoshi Shrine worshipped Sumo as a result.
In fact, before the annual Kyushu Basho in Fukuoka every November you can see a Sumo Ceremony at the Sumiyoshi Shrine whereby all the Wrestlers pray for healthy and prosperity for the last tournament of the year. I haven`t seen this ceremony yet although I have been to many sumo matches in the past. In the future I will attempt to get some photos and videos of this special and highly respected occasion.
A trip to Sumiyoshi Shrine will be remember for a long time to come.
Check out Sumiyoshi Shrine here on a map:
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Check out these videos below to learn more about Sumiyoshi Shrine in Fukuoka City: