Last additions - Maibara Basho Sumo Exhibition 大相撲米原場所
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Maibara Mayor Michio Hirao greets the crowd. If he were a woman, he would not be allowed to stand in the sumo ring. Nov 08, 2008
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After it ended, the wrestlers rode on these buses. The next stop was Kyoto. Their autumn exhibition tour lasting till Oct. 26 would then take them to Tokushima, Kochi, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi Prefectures.Nov 07, 2008
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Hakuho vs. KotomitsukiNov 07, 2008
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Ama is the winner. In Nov. 2008, he was promoted to Ozeki and was renamed Harumafuji.Nov 07, 2008
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Maibara Basho sumo booklet.Nov 07, 2008
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Yumitorishiki 弓取式Nov 07, 2008
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Inside the sumo arena. It was pretty full. Nov 07, 2008
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Hakuho vs. KotomitsukiNov 07, 2008
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Hakuho wonNov 07, 2008
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Homasho had very smooth skin.Nov 07, 2008
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Kaio vs. KotooshuNov 07, 2008
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Hakuho vs. Kotomitsuki, the last bout of the day.Nov 07, 2008
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Takamisakari wins. He declined to sign any autographs, and just ran back to the dressing room. He must be tired of being mobbed all the time.Nov 07, 2008
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Kaio vs. KotooshuNov 07, 2008
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KisenosatoNov 07, 2008
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Sanyaku wrestlers: Kotomitsuki, Chiyotaikai, and Kotooshu.Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki signs autographs.Nov 07, 2008
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Sanyaku (top three ranking wrestlers) wrestlers: Ama, Hakuho, and Kaio.Nov 07, 2008
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RefereeNov 07, 2008
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TakamisakariNov 07, 2008
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki is interviewed.Nov 07, 2008
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Baruto shares a laugh. Nov 07, 2008
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TosanoumiNov 07, 2008
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Baruto is a big guy. He's Ozeki material. (Currently Komusubi.)Nov 07, 2008
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Baruto flashes the peace sign to a photographer.Nov 07, 2008
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Takamisakari does his robocop routine.Nov 07, 2008
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Miyabiyama sits in a spectator seat as he waits his turn.Nov 07, 2008
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Kokkai (left)Nov 07, 2008
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Now the top-division Makunouchi wrestlers start to fight. The judges enter. This is former Ozeki Kirishima.Nov 07, 2008
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Yokozuna Hakuho performs the yokozuna dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony. 横綱白鵬Nov 07, 2008
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They set up up to the ring.Nov 07, 2008
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The Shiranui style has both arms extended outward when going up. 横綱白鵬 不知火型の土俵入りNov 07, 2008
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Yokozuna Hakuho performs the yokozuna dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony.Nov 07, 2008
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Now the Yokozuna dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony.Nov 07, 2008
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Chiyotaikai and KotooshuNov 07, 2008
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Takamisakari carried a little boy (crying) from Maibara during the ring-entering ceremony.Nov 07, 2008
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Makunouchi dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony on the west side.Nov 07, 2008
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Yokozuna Hakuho performs the yokozuna dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony.Nov 07, 2008
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At around 1:30 pm, the Makunouchi dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony is held. This is the east side.Nov 07, 2008
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Makunouchi dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony on the west side.Nov 07, 2008
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This is the Shiranui style with two loops in the back. The rope has a wire core to stiffen the rope. 横綱白鵬 不知火型Nov 07, 2008
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BarutoNov 07, 2008
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Picture-taking with Maibara mayor.Nov 07, 2008
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Makunouchi dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony.Nov 07, 2008
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Demonstration of putting on the yokozuna rope belt on Yokozuna Hakuho.Nov 07, 2008
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Yokozuna Hakuho rests until it's time for his dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony. Behind is Mt. Ibuki.Nov 07, 2008
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He faced all four directions before stepping down from the ring.Nov 07, 2008
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Yokozuna Hakuho and his yokozuna rope to be put around him by his attendants.Nov 07, 2008
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Pulling it tight.Nov 07, 2008
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Yokozuna Hakuho's yokozuna rope is held by his attendant wearing white gloves.Nov 07, 2008
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This is something we don't seeing during regular grand sumo tournaments held every other month in Tokyo (3 times), Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai says, "Sorry, no time for more autographs."Nov 07, 2008
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Yokozuna Hakuho waits to enter the sumo ring.Nov 07, 2008
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Sumo wrestler's hairstyle.Nov 07, 2008
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Yokozuna Hakuho and his yokozuna rope belt.Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki KotomitsukiNov 07, 2008
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Dohyo-iri Ring-entering ceremony by Juryo wrestlers on the west side.Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki ChiyotaikaiNov 07, 2008
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Taiko drumming demonstration. 檜太鼓打分けNov 07, 2008
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Singing sumo jinku songs. 相撲甚句Nov 07, 2008
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Dohyo-iri Ring-entering ceremony by Juryo wrestlers on the west side.Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki KaioNov 07, 2008
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At around 1 pm, the Ring-entering ceremony by Juryo wrestlers on the east side. 十両土俵入りNov 07, 2008
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Rikishi waiting his turn to go in.Nov 07, 2008
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About 1,800 people attended the sumo tournament.Nov 07, 2008
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BoxingNov 07, 2008
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Dohyo-iri Ring-entering ceremony by Juryo wrestlers on the east side.Nov 07, 2008
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A comedic sumo called shokkiri. 初切Nov 07, 2008
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Makushita matchNov 07, 2008
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Comedic sumo. It actually takes quite a bit of practice to put on comedic sumo, another thing we don't normally see during regular tournaments.Nov 07, 2008
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From 11:40 am, sumo matches began. Started with the Makushita wrestlers. (Notice their black mawashi belt.)Nov 07, 2008
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West sideNov 07, 2008
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Chiyotaikai and kidNov 07, 2008
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Up you go...Nov 07, 2008
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Around 21 kids from Shiga got to push around these rikishi.Nov 07, 2008
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Ha-ha, I pushed you out...Nov 07, 2008
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Hanamichi to the sumo ringNov 07, 2008
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Baruto also flies the kid around.Nov 07, 2008
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In the end, the kid pushed out Takamisakari.Nov 07, 2008
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Upsy daisyNov 07, 2008
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高見盛Nov 07, 2008
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Baruto and kid.Nov 07, 2008
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A relaxing day at sumo. Notice the seat numbers written on the vinyl sheet. Four seats per "box" called masu-seki.Nov 07, 2008
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At 11 am, it was sumo with the little kids. Here's Takamisakari. 人気力士とちびっ子の稽古Nov 07, 2008
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Yokozuna Hakuho signs autographs. Unfortunately, Yokozuna Asashoryu was in Mongolia recovering from an injury.Nov 07, 2008
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Takamisakari swings around the helpless young boy.Nov 07, 2008
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Finally, Yokozuna Hakuho appears. At first, his tsukebito attendants declined autographs. But when a lady following him asked for an autograph, he stopped and said okay.Nov 07, 2008
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Kisenosato signs autographs. He's quite popular with the ladies.Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki signs autographs.Nov 07, 2008
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A large crowd instantly formed around Hakuho.Nov 07, 2008
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Baruto signs autographs. This is something we cannot do during official sumo tournaments.Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai 大関千代大海Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai works out and gives a great photo op.Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki ChiyotaikaiNov 07, 2008
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki 大関琴光喜Nov 07, 2008
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai works out.Nov 07, 2008
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Baruto practicing.Nov 07, 2008
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KotooshuNov 07, 2008
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Maibara basho zabuton cushionsNov 07, 2008
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki practicing.Nov 07, 2008
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Later, the top division Makunouchi wrestlers started practice. They wear white mawashi belts.Nov 07, 2008
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One benefit of exhibition tournaments is that the rikishi are able to practice with different wrestlers from different stables.Nov 07, 2008
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First the lower ranking Makushita wrestlers practiced on the ring.Nov 07, 2008
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Baruto from Estonia and Tochinoshin from Georgia chat with each other (probably in Russian).Nov 07, 2008
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Banners above written with "Maibara Basho" and "Full House." It actually wasn't sold out.Nov 07, 2008
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Push-upsNov 07, 2008
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Mt. Ibuki in the background.Nov 07, 2008
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Zabuton cushions with "Maibara Basho" imprinted were also sold for 1100 yen.Nov 07, 2008
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Outside the tent arena was a grassy area where the rikishi warmed up. About 160 rikishi were in the tournament.Nov 07, 2008
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Miyabiyama stands near the entrance gate to sign autographs.Nov 07, 2008
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Sumo souvenir shops and food stalls.Nov 07, 2008
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Day's bouts.Nov 07, 2008
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Sumo souvenirsNov 07, 2008
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The sumo arena was under a large tent. The ground was covered by a blue, vinyl tarp.Nov 07, 2008
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Two sumo wrestlers near the gate greeted spectators. The sumo contingent's stop in Maibara was part of their autumn exhibition tour. The day before, they were in Noto, Ishikawa Pref.Nov 07, 2008
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Taiko drummer added atmosphere.Nov 07, 2008
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Arena layout and ticket prices. The cheapest ticket was 4,000 yen and the most expensive near ringside was 14,000 yen.Nov 07, 2008
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Arch to the sumo arena. 大相撲米原場所Nov 07, 2008
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Tickets please. We all got a sumo booklet with pictures of all the wrestlers.Nov 07, 2008
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Gate to the sumo arena. The gate opened at 8 am. The last exhibition sumo tournament held in Shiga was in 1999 in Nagahama Dome.Nov 07, 2008
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Green Park Santo was the site for the Ozumo Maibara Basho or Maibara Exhibition Sumo Tournament on Oct. 17, 2008. It was nice sunny day. Banners with the name of famous sumo wrestlers (rikishi) were up. グリーンパーク山東Nov 07, 2008
   
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