Mongolian grand champion Hakuho, left, topples champion Takayasu to win their bout during the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya, central Japan. Hakuho set a record of 1,048 carrier match wins in sumo history.
Newly promoted sumo grand champion Kisenosato performs his ring entry form at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Kisenosato is the first Japanese wrestler to earn the coveted rank of "yokozuna," grand champion, since 1998. Accompanying Kisenosato are sward-holder Takayasu, left, and dew-sweeper Shohozan, right.
Sumo Grand champion Hakuho, right, from Mongolia, accompanied by his attendants, sword-bearer Kyokutenho, displays the sumo's ceremonial stamping form during the New Year's ring entering ceremony by grand champions at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
A schoolkid wrestles with former sumo wrestler Taiichiro Tashima during a beach sumo promotional event in Tokyo, Japan. Trade in that bikini for a loincloth. Japan's ancient sport sumo is hitting the beach this summer to promote sportsmanship and environmental awareness.
Sumo referee Kindayu Shikimori, clad in traditional attire, is squashed by two sumo wrestlers, Takanowaka, and Tamanoshima in the third day of the 15-day Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya, Japan. Shikimori suffered a fracture in his left heel.
Tons Of Joy Wrestling champ ‘Daula’ pins down his English adversary ‘Clark’, to the patent dismay of the referee, at a fundraiser for the Lahore Warplanes Fund, the Police Spitfire Fund and the Minto Park Fund, in Lahore in the late 1930s
Saturday June 7, 2008
When push comes to shove? No, no, this is no David versus Goliath. This is just
for fun -- a boy wrestles an unidentified sumo wrestler as part of an exhibition before the start of the Grand Sumo Tournament in Los Angeles.
First you had baseball getting popular in Japan, and now you have Sumo wrestling
returning the gesture in the US.
Japanese sumo fans try to get a look at a procession of sumo wrestlers as they leave Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine during an annual spring festival ceremony. The Yasukuni shrine is a Shinto shrine which commemorates Japan's war dead.