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09/18/2013

Grand Sumo at Ryogoku kokugikan in Tokyo Japan ABOUT YOKOZUNA

↓He is HAKUHO, he has been a YOKOZUNA rank wrestler since 2007.

He is called the great YOKOZUNA in the HEISEI era.

The HEISEI era refers to the reign of the current emperor.

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YOKOZUNA is the highest ranking at a grand sumo tournament.

YOKO means the horizontal, ZUNA means ropes.

YOKOZUNA was named after the ropes

which only YOKOZUNA wrestlers are permitted to tie at their waists.

(See picture above)

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YOKOZUNA wrestlers need to have not only strength but also dignity.

 

 

↓He is HARUMAFUJI.

He  also has been a YOKOZUNA rank wrestler since 2012.

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These photos are scenes of YOKOZUNA DOHYOIRI.

SUMO is a part of a Shinto ritual,

the performance of DOHYOIRI is one of the  important ceremonies at the tournaments.

It is for soothing the regional gods, and praying for peace.

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There are these two YOKOZUNA wrestlers now, September 2013.

They are both from Mongolia.

There have not been Japanese YOKOZUNA wrestlers for ten years.

Many sumo fans are wishing eagerly that

Japanese sumo wrestlers become stronger, gain dignity,

and are promoted to YOKOZUNA rank.

photo: September 2013

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