This photograph is taken at the exit in Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Now, the New Year's Sumo tournament of the Sumo match is performed here. It begins from 9:00 of a morning and finishes about 6:00 of the evening. The match is performed from the wrestler of a lower status and continues the wrestler of the upper status in order. Probably, the wrestler of a photograph is a Sumo wrestler of the higher rank in a list, since this photograph was taken at about 4:00 of the evening. After they(wrestler) finished the match, they return to the stable to which they belong exactly. Some Sumo fans wait them at the exit side, and wish to get wresler's sign or the photograph. The wrestler has also responded pleasantly as part of fan service. Order to cut the topknot was proclaimed in August, Meiji 4 (1871) by the government of those days. However, that the government at the time has endorsed the topknot about Sumo as an exception. A topknot only remains automatically as a wrestler's full dress in traditional progress of Sumo.
It is the divine work and festival of Japanese ancient times which take the form which a wrestler cooperates and fights on a Sumo ring, and sumo is also military arts simultaneously and also martial art. The origin of sumo is very old and the situation is described by Haniwa(the terracotta clay figure) and Sue ware in the period of ancient Kofun period (250 to 538). It is from the Edo period（1603–1868）that the status as an occupation started. Compared with the baseball and soccer which were carried in from the West, the population of Sumo is very few. However, since it is a sport which is in the tradition and culture of Japanese ancient times, in deep psyche it is the national sport which is gaining national sympathy and support most.
2. The Sumo wrestler responding to fan service: workshops
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papagolf21 (108031) 2014-01-22 7:05
Une note édifiante et très intéressante. Je suis attiré par le regard admiratif des supporter.
Merci pour l'image présentée en atelier.
Très bonne description générale et présentation.
ikeharel (77217) 2014-01-22 8:03
Good evening Mikio,
I see this guy is very popular and well known in the neighbourhood he was taking an easy stroll.
Hapy and content look, and admired by the young ladies met. His traditional costume is also special (fort my eyes, somehow).
Nice taken on a street scene.
saxo042 (37966) 2014-01-22 8:11
He looks very kind and obviously very pleased with the admiring looks he gets from the girls here. A very interesting scene of a different kind.
abmdsudi (57176) 2014-01-22 8:42
I bet that's an eye popper close-up and great timing too - clever title and good shot! i like this picture, looking at his built I would be surprised at how flexible Sumo wrestlers are on the ring, their balance and speed is astonishing to see. Here the fans certainly got an eyeful on him smartly dressed in traditional sumo costume and there's just enough detail to pick out expressions without it being distracting. A real cool shot, superb clarity and well coloured, and your work shop photo clearly shows the size proportion! You really do bring out the best in that lens and fantastic to see. Congrats
pajaran (65070) 2014-01-22 9:50
Interesantan i dobar tekst o sumo rvanju ...
Dobar snimak, lepo pokazan sumo rvac, lepe boje.
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici.
Ja volim da gledam borbe sumo rvaca.
Ja sam ucio judo.
Interesting and good article about sumo wrestling ...
Good shot, nice shown sumo wrestlers, beautiful colors.
Good work with beautiful photography workshop.
I like to watch the fight sumo wrestler.
I studied judo.
All the best.
holmertz (58256) 2014-01-22 10:24
This is a very nice and interesting photo of the friendly looking wrestler and the young lady, whose admiration and excitement is obvious to everyone. These two faces make your choice of upload reasonable, but I also like the workshop. In that photo I am amazed at the huge difference in size between the wrestler and the woman asking for his autograph. So both photos are highly enjoyable. Thanks for sharing them.
mcmtanyel (27994) 2014-01-23 18:14
An exquisitely framed photo with excellent sharpness and color management. I like the smile on his face.
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-01-23 20:30
Cute smile on the face of the Sumo wrestler.The girl seems to be very much impressed by him.The young Sumo fighter is feeling shy and maybe there is a little romantic feel in the air.Very well captured.TFS.
mirosu (16273) 2014-01-27 4:03
Excellent snapshot with nice smiling faces. From his face expression I guess that the sumo wrestler must like your photo action and I believe that the young lady like him, as she is smiling so nicely. This sumo wrestler is still not very big, I saw on TV much bigger sumo bodies. Anyhow, an excellent photo.
Wish you a very nice week ahead.
macjake (71731) 2014-01-28 11:56
haha...thats awesome, the WS photo of the tiny girl and the large Sumo Wrestler!
this one is fun too, its not too often we get to see a Sumo Wrestler with a smiling face :)
the smile on the woman is sweet too. All around, there are lots of things to like here.
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (11630)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-22
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-22 4:54