Tenran Zumō

天覧相撲 [てんらんずもう] – A Sumō tournament which the Emperor is attending

  • 天 [テン・あま] – heaven; imperial
  • 覧 [ラン・みる] – peruse; see
  • 相撲 [すもう] – Sumō (lit “mutual striking”)

In this compound, 天 is an abbreviation for 天皇 [てんのう] “the Emperor.”  覧 is often used in the 敬語 [けいご] (honorific) phrase ご覧下さい or “please have a look.”  But, I’m afraid we’ll need to tackle 敬語 some other time.

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