Photo/IllutrationU.S. President Donald Trump (Photo by Yuko Lanham)

Protected from flying cushions tossed by excited fans and wrestlers tumbling out of the ring, U.S. President Donald Trump will sit on a chair--not cross-legged--while taking in sumo action this weekend in Tokyo.

Bodyguards will also be on hand to ensure Trump's safety.

Japanese government officials wanted Trump, a huge fan of contact sports, to watch the matches up close and be comfortable at the same time.

The U.S. government initially hesitated to agree to the Japanese arrangements out of concern that a sumo wrestler might fall from the ring and land on him.

Trump will arrive in Japan on May 25 and attend the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in the capital's Sumida Ward the following day.

He will sit on a chair placed in a "masuseki" box close to the "dohyo" ring.

VIPs invited to sumo tournaments typically watch the action from the more-distant "kihinseki" seats reserved for distinguished guests.

In masuseki box seats, spectators usually sit cross-legged on cushions. However, the Japanese government decided to use a chair as a special case because Trump is not accustomed to sitting “agura,” or cross-legged.

On May 26, the final day of the 15-day tournament, Trump is scheduled to present the “U.S. President Cup” to the winner.

Trump will leave Japan on May 28.