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Sumo Museum's mission is to gather and preserve a wide range of materials related to the history of sumo, from woodblock prints and banzuke (official listings of rank) to the ceremonial aprons worn by the great rikishi of the past. These items are then displayed in themed exhibitions held six times a year. The museum also functions as a research center, continuously studying and reviewing sumo history as an integral part of Japanese culture.
Now more of a professional sport than martial art, sumo was originally practiced as a part of Shinto rituals for agricultural fertility in ancient times.
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