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Spring Festival Revives Japan's Ancient Sport Sumo Wrestling

World | | April 19, 2018, 5:55 pm
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 Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight during an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: Reuters)

Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight during an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight during an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight during an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

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 Georgian sumo wrestler Gagamaru carries a baby in a sumo ring during an annual sumo tournament in Japan. (Image: Reuters)

Georgian sumo wrestler Gagamaru carries a baby in a sumo ring during an annual sumo tournament in Japan. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sumo wrestlers in action during an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

Sumo wrestlers in action during an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

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 Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho, Japanese grand sumo champion Yokozuna Kisenosato, and sumo champion Takayasu pray during a ritual ceremony at the start of an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho, Japanese grand sumo champion Yokozuna Kisenosato, and sumo champion Takayasu pray during a ritual ceremony at the start of an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

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 A sumo wrestler grabs salt before competing during a training session. (Image: Reuters)

A sumo wrestler grabs salt before competing during a training session. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sumo wrestlers attend a training session before an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)

Sumo wrestlers attend a training session before an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Sumo wrestlers and referees wait for the start of an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

Sumo wrestlers and referees wait for the start of an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sumo wrestlers take part in a Shinto ritual before the start of an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

Sumo wrestlers take part in a Shinto ritual before the start of an annual sumo tournament. (Image: Reuters)

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