VIDEO: Unique sumo exhibition 'Baruto – 10 years in Japan' opens in Tallinn
The exhibition at the Kiek in de Kök Tower Museum on the foot of the Toompea Hill displays kimonos, trophies and other items from the collection of former Estonian sumo superstar Baruto.
Kaido Höövelson, alias Baruto, was the first professional Estonian sumo wrestler, who rose to the absolute top of sumo wrestling in Japan and enjoyed the support of hundreds of millions. The exhibition is dedicated to the unique journey of Kaido Höövelson from Lääne-Viru County into the sumo elite.
Höövelson was born in Laekvere Parish in 1984 and moved to Japan to become a professional wrestler at the age of 20. He reached the top division only two years later in 2006 and was promoted to ōzeki, the second highest rank in the sumo world, in March 2010. After years of problems with injuries he retired in 2013 and moved back to Estonia.
The exhibition also offers general knowledge of sumo wrestling and its history.
The exhibition was previously open in Tartu and will stay open in Tallinn until February 2015.