The “heaviest Japanese human being in history” and other sumo wrestlers are set to duke it out in an empty lot near the U Street corridor next month, according to an event representative.
The 600-pound Yama and two other champions of the Japanese wrestling sport are scheduled to meet for “Sumo-Sized Sunday” on April 3 at 945 Florida Ave. NW, spokeswoman Ashley Arias told Borderstan today. The event, slated for 11 a.m to 2 p.m., is the main contribution of the nearby Shay and Atlantic Plumbing developments to the District’s cherry blossom festivities.
“We wanted to just do something a little different,” Arias said.
In addition to Yama, a two-time World Sumo Champion, the wrestling match is set to include 370-pound, four-time World Sumo Champion Byamba and 220-pound, University Sumo Champion Takeshi.
Attendees will have the opportunity to take photos with the wrestlers and even try to take them on.
“They’ll pull people out of the area and fight with them” without hurting them, Arias said.
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