An elementary school sumo wrestler reacts after his bout at the National Children’s Sumo tournament in Tokyo, Japan on July 30, 2012. (Photo by AP Photo)
Grand Champion Sumo Wrestler, Taiho Performing Ring Ceremony Before Match Premium Photographic Print by Bill Ray at Art.com
It is believed that a ring came into being in 16th century as a result of a tournament organized by principal warlord, Oda Nobunaga. At this point wrestlers would wear loose loincloths, rather than much stiffer mawashi of today. During Edo period, wrestlers would wear a fringed kesho-mawashi during bout, today these are worn only during pre-tournament rituals. Most of the current forms within the sport developed in the early Edo period.
A sumo wrestler walks under cherry blossoms in full bloom on his way to a bout for the 'Honozumo', an exhibition sumo tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine precincts, in Tokyo, Japan
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JAPAN. Tokyo. 1985. Sumo wrestlers of the Dewanoumi Beya sumo stable do daily exercises in training camp. © Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos