As you get off the train, rows of portraits of the successive champions welcome you and make you feel like youfre really in the town of sumo now.
The huge solemn building with the heavy green roof you find as you step out of the station is Kokugikan, the sacred ground of sumo and the stage of hot matches of the Tokyo Tournaments held in January, May and September.
I reached Kokugikan at a little past one in the afternoon but the entrance was already filled with people, and flags in many vivid colors were surrounding the building.
The rikishi (wrestler)'s names were written on the flags, and sumo fans coming to see the match took pictures in front of the flag with their favorite rikishi's name, or in front of the tower which held the yose-daiko, drums which told the opening and closing of the dayfs matches.
I too took a lot of pictures including some of the main entrance of Kokugikan.