Learn the Mysteries of Sumo from an Expert

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We might also watch Sumo Training or tournaments, depending on the dates.

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Something to write, camera.

Meet your host :
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • Deutsch (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)

M.A. in Sumo Studies...

This is Verena, Sumo expert and scout.
I saw Sumo on TV for the very first time when I was 13 and it totally fascinated me...

...now with 28 I am a Japanologist (Sumo-researcher), teaching about Sumo at the Japanese Language School Tokyo Riverside School.
Entertaining ~ scientific public presentations of up to 3 hours are possible in English, German and Japanese.

In 2009 a young man from Egypt asked online for help - he wanted to be introduced to Japan's National Sport Sumo, already being an amateur. Me, and my friend Mr. G. teamed up to make the dream of that young man possible, so after hard work and long prep. we went to Japan in September 2011 together, introduced the young man to teams and really made it. Oosunaarashi had been born, 大砂嵐 - the Great Sand Storm. Due to this relationship the students of Tokyo Riverside School can watch training at his team and get Sumo as exclusive part of their Japanese language education.

I am a published author and am working on several projects right now.

More about me - German interview here: http://hoploblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/sieben-fragen-an-verena-hopp/
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Reviews (6)

  • Erik Erik


    Verena, the host, was truly amazing! Really friendly, helpful, reliable and knowledgeable. A true expert. Easy and excellent to communicate with. If you would like to learn about sumo, she is indeed the person to get in touch with. She helped out in many different ways and arranged activities that went far beyond the lecture. It all depends on what you are after. She certainly helped me in a fantastic way. With her unique contacts within the sumo world, she will probably be able to help you out with pretty much anything in relation to sumo. I had a fabulous experience meeting, working with and learning from Verena. The lecture itself was very informative and interesting and presented in relaxed and fun way. I give Verena my very, very best recommendations!

  • Lichee Lichee

    Verena is like a walking library when it comes to Sumo, her true passion. When we both studied in Tokyo, I had the big pleasure to join an important Sumo Tournament with her. It was fantastic to have my private annotator next to me. Verena introduced me into the world of Sumo with all its special rules, history and present situation. She knew about all the wrestlers, techniques, rituals and made this tournament a very special experience to me. Back in Germany I had the chance to learn even more about Sumo when I was listening to a speech of Verena about the world of Sumo at University. Everybody was impressed with the consolidated knowledge.

  • Silke Silke

    I’ve seen several Sumo lectures by Verena. You get LOTS of information and stories on the traditionalJapanese sport. It’s really fun listening to her presentation. I doubt there are many people asknowledgeable as her about Sumo.

  • Eric Eric

    One of the best experiences of my 2 week trip to Japan.

    The experience was great, Verena is very knowledgeable and she taught me many things about the history of sumo. Would happily book with her again.

  • Nicholas Nicholas

    We opted for the lecture only option without realizing this didn't come with any "real sumos", and that was the main drawback! Very interesting and nice to learn so deeply about the sumos, however I wish we had read the page in more depth so we realized that there would be no watching of sumo wrestling, or even training! Just a tip to keep in mind. But very interesting and Verena had a VERY extensive knowledge on sumos!

  • Lee Lee

    This was an excellent opportunity to not only witness Sumo training, but to also learn about Sumo. Verena is very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Sumo, and provided an interesting presentation on it. I would definitely recommend this experience.