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Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022 live and how to watch the wrestling online from outside Japan


Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022 – the fourth of Japan’s six annual sumo tournaments – will kick off on Sunday, July 10 at Dolphins Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium). Wrestlers to watch include two-time champion Takakeisho (163kg), crafty Wakatakakage (131kg) and seven-time champion Terunofuji (181kg). Want to watch sumo for free? Read on to find out how to watch a Nagoya Basho 2022 live stream from anywhere in the world.

Sumo is Japan’s national sport (only baseball is more popular). The Grand Tournament only takes place six times a year and is the pinnacle of sumo wrestling, so it’s a great place to see top division (makuuchi) stars. Matches take place throughout the day with the most anticipated clashes recorded for the evenings. There are no weight divisions, so wrestlers can take on much heavier opponents. Tickets can be expensive and sell out quickly, so it’s much more convenient to watch sumo online.

According to NHK commentator Morita Hiroshi, the rules are simple. A rikishi (wrestler) wins a fight by forcing his opponent out of the ring or by having him touch the ground with any part of the body except the soles of the feet, using a technique such as throwing. Why hairstyles? Well, the Samurai bun is considered “untouchable” in Japanese culture. But just to make sure there’s no panky, a rule exists to prohibit sumo wrestlers from pulling the top knot.

Ready for the July Grand Sumo Tournament? Make sure you know how to watch a Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022 live stream from where you are.

Watch a free live stream of the Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022

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NHK World-Japan provides free live coverage of all six Grand Sumo tournaments – online and on TV.

Cord cutters can watch for free on the NHK World-Japan website (opens in a new tab) and app. NHK World-Japan is available in most territories including UK, US, Australia, Russia and India.

However, if you are traveling outside of these territories and find yourself geo-blocked, you can use a VPN to watch a Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022 live stream (opens in a new tab) on NHK World-Japan wherever you are. All the details later.

Watch a Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022 Live Stream from Abroad Using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022 Rightsholders, you may not be able to access it when you are outside your own country. The service can know your location based on your IP address and automatically block your access. Otherwise, no problem. Look away. If that happens, then a VPN is the answer.

A virtual private network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are simple to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All information exchanged is fully encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, some more reliable and secure than others. Generally, we suggest a paid service such as ExpressVPN (opens in a new tab) which offers a 100% risk-free money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the service at any time during the first 30 days, you can cancel without any penalty.

How to Use a VPN for Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022

Using a VPN to watch Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022 is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in a new tab) is the one we recommend.

2. Open the VPN app and choose the location of the service you want to access. For wrestling choose ‘UK’ or ‘US’ for NHK World-Japan.

3. Next, head to NHK World-Japan (opens in a new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy Sumo Nagoya Basho 2022 Free Live Stream.

If for some reason you can’t get it to work, remember you have a 30 day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN (opens in a new tab). You can also try NordVPN (opens in a new tab)which also comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, and Surfshark (opens in a new tab) which offers round-the-clock assistance.

2022 Grand Sumo Tournament Schedule

1. Hatsu basho – Tokyo

Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, January 9 – January 23

2. Haru basho – Osaka

Edion Arena (Prefectural Gymnasium) Osaka, March 13 – March 27

3. Natsu basho – Tokyo

Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, May 8 – May 22

4. Nagoya Basho – Nagoya

Dolphins Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium) Nagoya, July 10 – July 24

5. Aki basho – Tokyo

Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, September 11 – September 25

6. Kyushu basho – Fukuoka

Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Fukuoka, November 13 – November 27

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