|Sumo is the national sport of Japan, in which two wrestlers wearing only the traditional mawashi (belt) fight in a ring 4.55 meters in diameter. About is won when a wrestler either throws down his opponent or pushes him out of the ring. Most bouts last only around 10 seconds. The top ranked wrestlers are called yokozuna, or grand champions During the seasonal sumo tournaments, bouts between lower ranking wrestlers take place from early morning and the day ends with yokozuna matches sometime after 17:30.||
Movie theaters are concentrated in urban areas, and sometimes there are several cinemas in one building. Tickets are quite expensive, normally costing £¤1£¬800 for an adult. Many overseas movies are shown several months after their original release, usually in their original language with Japanese subtitles, and some animated movies are dubbed into Japanese.
Karaoke, in which people sing along to a recorded accompaniment, is a popular pastime in Japan. Karaoke machines can now be connected to computer networks, offering a much wider variety of songs including some English titles as well.
Horse racing and pachinko
Horse racing is the officially approved form of gambling most widely enjoyed in Japan. The majority of race organized by the Japan Racing Association are held on Saturdays or Sundays. Pachinko is a type of pinball game in which players try to propel small silver balls into slots. If you hit the jackpot the machine discharges a large number of balls, which can be exchanged for prizes such as cigarettes, etc.