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More people than the real tournamentAbout 8,000 people took time out from their Golden Week holidays to see this official sumo practice of all sumo stables.
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Yokozuna Deliberation Council membersIn the middle is Kitanoumi.
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Sumo elders in the front row
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Former yokozuna Taiho, Takanosato, Kotozakura, and Wakanohana watch intently.
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Asashoryu greets the council upon entry
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Asashoryu sips water offered by Ozeki ChiyotaikaiAs soon as Asashoryu entered the arena, many wrestlers went up to him to offer water as a show of respect.
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Asashoryu and TochiazumaAfter offering water, Tochiazuma shares a laugh with the yokozuna.
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Friends after allKyokushuzan chats with fellow Mongolian Asashoryu.
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Practice
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Me next please!!!The winner gets to decide who to wrestle next. The rikishi all beg to be picked.
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The Bulgarian (Kotooshu) on the left
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Ready to pounce on the winner
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Asashoryu joins in1 comments
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Both ozeki watch
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BreakAsashoryu took a water break between each practice bout.
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I'm waiting...
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Asashoryu gets thrown
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A "darn it" look on his face
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Butsuri keiko
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Takamisakari for butsuri keikoEverybody cheered whenever he entered the ring.
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Asashoryu exchanges a few wordsAfter the practice was over at 11 am, the sole yokozuna went over to the council.
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Finish, everybody out please...
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Crazy sumo fanThey also sold the real banzuke for 50 yen.
     
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