What is Chikara Mizu?
Have you ever heard of the water “Chikara Mizu (力水)” literally meaning power water in Japanese? When I hear Chikara Mizu, that reminds me of 2 types of water.
Kirin Beverage Chikara Mizu Soda
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, which helps you do your best at work.
Chikara Mizu for Sumo Wrestlers
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.
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.
The Rikishi who received the power water puts a mouthful of it into the mouth, and then spits it out, covering his mouth with a folded sheet of paper called “Chikara Gami (力紙)”.
(Reference Page : Wikipedia 力水 (相撲) )