Sumo: ritual

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Like many things in Japan, the process (ritual) is equally, if not more important than the actual result/ outcome (fight).

Grand sumo hall.

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Introduction of the fighters.

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Introduction of the main event.

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The winner administers water to the next fighter.

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Before entering the ring, salt is thrown to disperse bad spirits. The higher the throw, the higher the hopes for the bout.

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Ritual stretching.

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View from the top. The fellow in the middle is the umpire.

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Even the advertising is done in style. The more advertising before a bout, the higher the prize money. An announcer makes sure each sponsor is mentioned and their products are explained (fish flavor, wasabi flavor, see weed flavor…).

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