Sumo Wrestlers Come to West U. (Yes, You Read That Right).


Photo Credit: Clash by TJ Morales via Flickr Creative Commons

West University Branch Library will have the honor of hosting four professional sumo wrestlers this Friday, March 9 at 3:00 PM in the West University Place Community Building & Senior Center. The rikishi, as they are known in their native Japan, will answer questions about the ancient sport of sumo, it's techniques, history and rituals, and will pose for pictures afterward.

The athletes appearing include Yama who wrestles in the top division in Japan: the Pro Sumo Makuuchi Division, and also happens to hold the distinction of being the heaviest Japanese person on record. At 6 ft. 4 in. tall, he weighs in at 601 lbs. He will be joined by his training partner, Noro (5 ft. 11 in. 300 lbs), eighteen year sumo veteran, Waka (6 ft. 2 in. 360 lbs), and Mongolian wrestler Byama (6 ft. 1 in. 360 lbs).

Don't forget to bring your camera so you can take your child's picture with the wrestlers.

Learn more about the sport and its traditions at your Harris County Public Library.

West University Branch Library is located at 6108 Auden, Houston TX 77005. The Community Building & Senior Center is located right next door at 6104 Auden. Call 713-668-8273 for more information.

Photo Credit: Clash by TJ Morales


We look forward to seeing the

We look forward to seeing the WU Staff with the Sumo Wrestlers, so please post the pictures.

We are working on a photo

We are working on a photo album of the sumo wrestler program for HCPL's Facebook page. It should be up sometime this morning (Monday, Mar. 12).

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