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10/05/2013

Grand Sumo at Ryogoku kokugikan in Tokyo Japan ABOUT "DOHYO-IRI"

This is a scene of "DOHYO-IRI", it means "enter the ring".

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They are high ranking wrestlers,

but Yokozuna wrestlers, highest ranking wrestlers, do "Yokozuna dohyo-iri",

so they don't join this ceremony.

The ceremony is done for purifying the area.

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They put on beautiful aprons. It's called "Kesho Mawashi",

it means "an apron decorated beautifully".

They are made of silk and are very expensive.

It is said that the cost of an apron is over ten thousand dollars.

"Kesho mawashi" is usually given to wrestlers by sponsors.

Therefore the names of the wrestler and his sponsor are embroidered on the aprons.

photo: September 2013

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