Monday, May 4, 2015

Daikaya Celebrates Sumo May Season, Wresting Up Some Japanese Tradition

From our friends at Daikaya...

In celebration of the Sumo May Season tournament, Daikaya, located at 705 6th Street, NW, will be showing these lively, full contact sport matches in the upstairs Izakaya, as well as showcasing sumo-themed offerings from Sunday, May 10th through May 24th during dinner service. Guests can eat like a true rikishi (wrestler) with Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima's mini Chanko-nabe, a smaller version of the traditional Japanese hot pot dish made with dashi, sake, mirin, chicken, fish, and an array of vegetables. This dish is an essential part of the sumo wrestler’s diet, and is priced at $18, excluding tax and gratuity. Guests at Daikaya are also encouraged to pair their meal with a large 22-ounce can of Sapporo beer, priced at $7 each, which is a favorite among rikishi and often consumed in large quantities.

WHERE:  705 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Daikaya is located one block from the Gallery Pl-Chinatown Metro, accessible on the red, green and yellow lines and three blocks from the Judiciary Square Metro, accessible on the red line.

Inside Daikaya

WHEN:  Sunday, May 10th through May 24th, during dinner service. Dinner is available Sunday through Monday from 5 PM to 10 PM; Tuesday through Thursday from 5 PM to 11 PM, as well as Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to Midnight.

WHY:  Sumo is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a rikishi attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring or to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of the feet. The characters literally mean "striking one another." The sport originated in Japan and is the only country where it is practiced professionally. It is generally considered to be a modern Japanese martial art, though the sport has a history spanning many centuries. Many ancient traditions have been preserved in sumo, and even today the sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt purification, from the days when sumo was used in the Shinto religion.

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