Fold an Easy Origami Sumo and the Tokyo Olympics

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The Tokyo Olympics are postponed for one year but we can still learn about Japanese culture. Did you know that sumo was being considered as an exhibition sport for the Tokyo Olympics? Sumo wasn’t chosen because only a few countries with a sizeable Japanese ex-pat population had sumo. Karate was chosen instead. But I think it’s safe to say that the Tokyo Olympics will show sumo as part of sports to showcase Japanese culture.

I wrote a picture book, Sumo Joe, about two martial arts — sumo and aikido — featuring a big brother and little sister who square off in a ring made of pillows. I wanted to show that sumo is a sport with a long history rooted in the Shinto religion and in Japanese culture.

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The sumo tradition was also rooted in gender discrimination, but that is changing. Women and girls now participate, both training and competing in sumo around the world. Girls in Japan even learn sumo as part of Physical Education in school! There’s even a documentary movie about it, Little Miss Sumo! Here’s the trailer.

Today, I would like to show you how to fold an easy Origami sumo. You don’t need anything special for this, not even origami paper. I’ll show you how to make this from regular copy paper.

fold an easy origami sumo Tokyo olympics

photo by Mia Wenjen

What you will need:

  • copy paper
  • scissors
  • glue (stick glue or regular glue)
  • black marker

Do you want to learn more about the Tokyo Olympics? I will put a book list on my blog, with a giveaway!

Mia Wenjen Pragmatic Momphoto credit: Zoe Lee

Mia Wenjen blogs on education, parenting, and children’s books at She is the author of several books including How To Coach Girls co-authored with Alison Foley, Asian Pacific American Heroes published by Scholastic. and Best #OwnVoices Children’s Books. She lives near Boston with her husband, three kids, and Golden Retriever. Fun fact: she’s half Japanese/half Chinese American and married to a Korean American.

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Mia Wenjen blogs at PragmaticMom on parenting, education and lots and lots of children's books. She is also the co-founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day which celebrates diverse and inclusive books on January 27th.
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