Kokugikan Arena

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“Sumo wrestling has been a popular art form and sport since the 6th century, when it originated in Shinto temples. Wrestlers begin training in their early teens with endless practice, strenuous exercise and lots of special foods. The men must reach an enormous size, 250 to 375 pounds. The aim of a match is to force your opponent out of the ring, or to force him to touch the clay surface with any body part besides a foot. The wrestlers appear first in the heavily embroidered aprons donated by dedicated fans, and then strip down to skimpy loincloths.”
Pamphlet, Mario is Missing! (PC)
Luigi's photograph of a sumo wrestling tournament in the Kokugikan Arena
Luigi's photograph of a sumo fight in the Kokugikan Arena

Kokugikan Arena (in Japanese: 両国国技館; Rōmaji: Ryōgoku Kokugi-kan) is a sporting arena in Tokyo, Japan. It is mainly used for sumo wrestling tournaments. It appears in the PC, SNES, and NES versions of Mario is Missing!, in which a Sumo Apron of one of the wrestlers is stolen by a Koopa Troopa. As a result, the arena's information booth is closed until Luigi returns the apron. To prove its authenticity, however, he must correctly answer two of the following questions:

  • The aim of Sumo wrestling is to force the opponent:
    • out of the ring
    • to eat special foods
    • to blink
    • to put on fancy aprons
  • The wrestling area is in the shape of aL
    • diamond
    • square
    • circle
    • parallelogram
  • To fight, wrestlers wear a bun and a:
    • bathrobe
    • loincloth
    • ponytail
    • leotard