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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump took in a traditional sumo match Sunday as part of their official state visit to Japan.

The match took place at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan Stadium in the capital, and President Trump presented a custom trophy to the winner — marking the first time an American president has done so.

During the match, the president and first lady joined over 11,000 fans in the Tokyo stadium. The other guests sat on traditional mats, while Trump was provided a chair with back support.

On more than one occasion, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe appeared to be explaining what was happening.

Once the match ended and the president approached the sumo ring — also called “the sacred mound” — to present the trophy, Melania remained on the mat. Tradition dictates that women are not allowed on the mound.


  • Blkojo says:

    Big stuff there.

  • Rebecca Holstine says:

    This trophy will be around for years and years to come. And it will always be connected to the President Of the United States, Pres. Trump. He is making history every where he goes. Another first is…Prince Charles and his wife Camilla has sent the Trumps an invitation to tea, at their private home when he is visiting England next month. This has never been done for any other American President ever. Later the First Couple will have a State Dinner with the Queen. L am betting when this gets out, the Obamas will nash teeth and pull hair.

  • Hedy says:

    I bet all those Dems are chopping at the bit, so proud of our President and First Lady.

  • CF