What is Chikara Mizu?

Have you ever heard of the water “Chikara Mizu (力水)” literally meaning power water in Japanese?

What is Chikara Mizu?

When I hear Chikara Mizu, that reminds me of 2 different types of liquid.

Kirin Beverage Chikara Mizu Soda 

Kirin Beverage Chikara Mizu

One is a long-selling carbonated drink produced and sold by the leading Japanese soft drink manufacturer, Kirin Beverage, which was first released in 1994 and is sold for 130 yen (about 1.2 USD) or so mostly at vending machines.

The Chikara Mizu Soda is a refreshing energy drink with DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and fruity flavorings in it, helping you do your best at work. 

Chikara Mizu for Sumo Wrestlers

Chikara Mizu

The other type of Chikara Mizu is a ladle of water used by the Sumo wrestler “Rikishi (力士)” right before the bout for purification. This is because the Sumo ring “Dohyo (土俵)” is considered a sacred place.

This Chikara Mizu is offered to the Rikishi who climbed up onto the Dohyo for the bout by the Rikishi who won in the preceding match.

Sumo Wrestler Chikara Mizu

The Rikishi who received the power water puts a mouthful of it into his mouth, and then spits it out while covering his mouth with a folded sheet of paper called “Chikara Gami (力紙: literally Power Paper)”.

(Reference Page: Wikipedia 力水 (相撲) )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

1 Response

  1. Consuelo says:

    Deseo saber cómo hacer el ritual chikara Mizu con un vaso de agua gracias.

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