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Portrait of Sumo Wrestlers

  • Organization : Tokyo-Ga (NPO)
  • Section : In Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Visual Art / Media Art


Sumo, the national sport of Japan, has a long history. Around 90% of the training stables for sumo wrestlers are located in Tokyo. The foreign sumo wrestlers popular right now are also citizens of Tokyo, and these portraits give an artistic perspective on the wrestlers from all cultures, traditions, and nations that have gathered in this capital city.
It is common to focus only on the wrestlers as they fight, but their trained and finely honed bodies are works of art in themselves. Yoshihiko Ueda also raises the unique and colorful outfits they wear to the status of art.


The goal of Tokyo-Ga is to contribute to building a new society in which the wisdom of art plays a greater role. Tokyo-Ga seeks to achieve its goal and reach a wide audience by using social media, planning and implementing educational programs and workshops, organizing exhibitions, and communicatiing through the medium of photography.

Yoshihiko Ueda
Born in 1957 in Hyogo. His most well-known works are QUINAULT, at HOME, and AMAGATSU. In recent years he has taken photographs of Yakushima for Materia and M. River. His most recent book is MIES VAN DER ROHE, a series of photographs of the architecture of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.


Tokyo-Ga Office
8-12-25-401 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
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Gallery 916 (Minato City, Tokyo)