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Sumo wrestler's hairstyle.532 views
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Held only once every 5 years, the Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Dance was held on Oct. 3, 2010 in Ueno, a small neighborhood at the foot of Mt. Ibuki. 484 views
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Due to financial reasons, the Suijo Hachiman Shrine Taiko Drum Dance is held only once every 5 years. I went to see it on Sept. 23, 2009. MAP421 views
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers and Mt. Ibuki in Maibara, Shiga.412 views
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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351 views
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Maibara Basho sumo booklet.346 views
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Takamisakari swings around the helpless young boy.296 views
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Baruto from Estonia and Tochinoshin from Georgia chat with each other (probably in Russian).290 views
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki278 views
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Kisenosato signs autographs. He's quite popular with the ladies.275 views
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki 大関琴光喜274 views
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Baruto also flies the kid around.273 views
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From Kashiwabara-juku, heading toward Samegai-juku.264 views
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Maibara Station is a major transfer point for the Tokaido Line, Hokuriku Line, and shinkansen bullet train. From this station, you can go on to Kyoto (or Tokyo in the east) in the west or to Fukui, Kanazawa, and Toyama up north.254 views
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai says, "Sorry, no time for more autographs."253 views
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Ibukiyama Taiko Odori Dance 2010 video.250 views
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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.248 views
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai247 views
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Bamba-juku (Banba-juku) does not have any train stations within walking distance. The closest is Maibara and Samegai Stations. Buses and taxi available. From Samegai, go on Route 21 until you reach this intersection (3 km from Bamba) where you turn left.243 views
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Baruto shares a laugh. 242 views
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai 大関千代大海239 views
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Rikishi waiting his turn to go in.239 views
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To see the Maihara Hikiyama Matsuri, get out the east side of JR Maibara Station. Yutani Shrine and the hikiyama floats will be near the foot of the hill straight ahead.239 views
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Mt. Ibuki and Mishima Pond, Maibara, Shiga Pref.237 views
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Kiyotaki Tokugen-in temple (Seiryuji Tokugen-in) is a pleasant 20-min. walk from JR Kashiwabara Station on the Tokaido Line. In April, it is noted for cherry blossoms. You will also see these cherry trees next to Kashiwabara Junior High School on the way.234 views
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A large crowd instantly formed around Hakuho.233 views
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Baruto signs autographs. This is something we cannot do during official sumo tournaments.229 views
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Sports Recreation Shiga 2008 was held in Shiga during Oct. 18-21, 2008. Various sports tournaments were held all around Shiga. The aerobics competition was held in Maibara. Maibara Station had this sign.226 views
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Yokozuna Hakuho and his yokozuna rope belt.225 views
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Homasho had very smooth skin.225 views
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki signs autographs.223 views
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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.223 views
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Yokozuna Hakuho rests until it's time for his dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony. Behind is Mt. Ibuki.222 views
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Yokozuna Hakuho waits to enter the sumo ring.221 views
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Yumitorishiki 弓取式220 views
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Girl with nabe-kanmuri helmet, Nabe-kanmuri Matsuri, Maibara, Shiga Pref. Known as one of Shiga's more unusual festivals.216 views
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Heart of tulips212 views
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If you ride the Tokaido Line train between Maibara and Samegai Stations and look out the window in the north, you might notice this low hill called Hinade-yama.211 viewsNear JR Sakata Station (Hokuriku Line) in former Omi-cho town is Mt. Hinodeyama with Hinode Jinja Shrine holding an annual sumo festival on the third Mon. of Sept. It features mainly children's sumo and a sumo jinku dance by about 16 men.
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai works out.210 views
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Takamisakari carried a little boy (crying) from Maibara during the ring-entering ceremony.208 views
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JR Kashiwabara Station on the Tokaido Line and Mt. Ibuki. Kashiwabara is about 15 min. from Maibara Station.208 views
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Baruto flashes the peace sign to a photographer.207 views
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Hakuho won206 views
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Hakuho vs. Kotomitsuki206 views
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Maihara Hikiyama Matsuri, Shiga.206 views
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Yokozuna Hakuho's yokozuna rope is held by his attendant wearing white gloves.204 views
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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201 views
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Yokozuna Hakuho performs the yokozuna dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony. 横綱白鵬198 views
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My video of Maibara Hikiyama Festival 2010193 viewsMaihara Hikiyama Matsuri is held annually on the three-day weekend in Oct. around the 10th (Sports Day, a national holiday). Sunday is the main day.
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Sign to city hall with misspelled word. "Distract" should be "District."192 views
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Nabe-kanmuri Matsuri procession held on May 3 by Chikuma Shrine, Maibara, Shiga Pref.189 views
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Santo-cho manhole with Mishima Pond ducks and fireflies. Maibara, Shiga Pref.185 views
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Samegai tulips, Maibara, Shiga182 views
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Sumo odori dance at Hinade Shrine in Maibara, Shiga Prefecture. Also see my YouTube video here.181 views
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This air-conditioned waiting room for regular trains was renovated finally by 2011.175 views
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Lake Biwa shore. If you leave Maibara Station and head straight for the lake, this is what you will see.174 views
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Suijo Hachiman Shrine Taiko Odori dance in Maibara, Shiga.167 views
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They are carried on the shoulders of a man to a waiting car.157 views
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Poster for the Suijo taiko dance.154 views
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dance in Maibara, Shiga.154 views
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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.149 views
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Waiting room on the platform. It had peeling paint.148 views
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The same men perform the ring-entering ceremony for the east side. There were about 20 men.147 views
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A frozen Mishima Pond (Mishima-Ike) and Mt. Ibuki in winter. The pond is small, but quite picturesque with Mt. Ibuki in the background. MAP146 views
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A stone found in a river bank. Since it has a hole, it is thought to be a foundation stone for a building's pillar.145 views
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Maibara Hikiyama Matsuri, Shiga.145 views
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Sakata Shinmeigu Shrine Yakko-buri, Maibara, Shiga143 views
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Camellias and Mt. Ibuki, Maibara, Shiga Prefecture.141 views
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Push-ups140 views
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Ozeki Chiyotaikai works out and gives a great photo op.140 views
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Old corridor of Maibara Station being dismantled.138 views
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Ozeki Kaio137 views
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Sakata Shinmeigu Shrine, near JR Sakata Station on the Hokuriku Line. The site of the annual Yakko-buri Procession held on April 29. I saw it in 2010. MAP137 views
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Group photo of the kids.137 views
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Shrine maidens also danced.136 views
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The float is about 5.6 meters high. Maibara Hikiyama Matsuri, Shiga. 壽山136 views
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Sanyaku wrestlers: Kotomitsuki, Chiyotaikai, and Kotooshu.133 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.133 views
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Bamba Chutaro Jizo-son statue, based on a character in the novel "Mabuta-no-Haha" 瞼の母 by Hasegawa Shin (1884-1963) 長谷川伸. 番場忠太郎132 views
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Ibukiyama Taiko Odori Dance, Maibara, Shiga.130 views
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This says "Tadaima" or "I'm home."130 views
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Naotaka Shrine, dedicated to Lord Ii Naotaka, the third lord of Hikone Castle. 直孝神社129 views
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But the scenery is great atop Mt. Ibuki in summer. 東遊歩道129 views
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Later, the top division Makunouchi wrestlers started practice. They wear white mawashi belts.129 views
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Cutouts for you face.129 views
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Rengeji Hondo Hall, Banba-juku, Maibara, Shiga. Quite a few emperors favored this temple. The 95th Emperor Hanazono (1297-1348) gave the temple an Imperial sanction to receive Imperial prayers. Hence, the temple's Imperial crest. 蓮華寺128 views
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Inside Rengeji Hondo Hall, main altar at the center. There are two figures: Amida Nyorai and Shaka Nyorai. Jodo-shu Buddhist sect. 蓮華寺 本堂128 views
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Demonstration of putting on the yokozuna rope belt on Yokozuna Hakuho.128 views
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My YouTube video of the Yakko-buri Procession in 2010.127 views
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Upsy daisy126 views
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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126 views
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Miyabiyama stands near the entrance gate to sign autographs.125 views
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki signs autographs.125 views
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Mt. Ibuki and shinkansen, Maibara, Shiga Prefecture.124 views
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Hanamichi to the sumo ring122 views
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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.122 views
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Chiyotaikai and kid121 views
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Hakuho vs. Kotomitsuki, the last bout of the day.121 views
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Bamba-juku monument120 views
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Yokozuna Hakuho signs autographs. Unfortunately, Yokozuna Asashoryu was in Mongolia recovering from an injury.120 views
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Statue of Lord Yamauchi Kazutoyo and Chiyo near Sakata Station in Maibara, Shiga. Unveiled on May 7, 2005. 「なでしこ」山内一豊と千代120 views
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Around 21 kids from Shiga got to push around these rikishi.118 views
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Yokozuna Hakuho and his yokozuna rope to be put around him by his attendants.116 views
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Picture-taking with Maibara mayor.115 views
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Baruto and kid.114 views
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Ha-ha, I pushed you out...114 views
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Up you go...114 views
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Hakuho vs. Kotomitsuki113 views
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Mishima Pond, Maibara, Shiga.113 views
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Mishima Pond, Maibara, Shiga.112 views
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Hinade Shrine is dedicated to a god called Sukunahikona-no-Mikoto and Okinaga-sukuneo. 少毘古名命(すくなひこなのみこと)・息長宿禰王(おきながすくねおう)MAP112 views
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Kiyotaki Tokugen-in temple's three-story pagoda111 views
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First the lower ranking Makushita wrestlers practiced on the ring.111 views
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Miyabiyama sits in a spectator seat as he waits his turn.111 views
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Takamisakari111 views
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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. 111 views
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Yaito udon served by the Kashiwa restaurant inside Kashiwabara-juku History Museum in Maibara, Shiga. Yaito is moxa. The red dot (red ginger) is the burning flame.111 views
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A comedic sumo called shokkiri. 初切110 views
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Kiyotaki Tokugen-in temple's three-story pagoda in Maibara, Shiga.109 views
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In the end, the kid pushed out Takamisakari.109 views
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Hachiman Jinja Shrine in Asahi, Maibara. The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori is supposed to be performed at Oka Shrine, but they perform it here on Oct. 4. MAP107 views
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Outside the tent arena was a grassy area where the rikishi warmed up. About 160 rikishi were in the tournament.106 views
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Baruto106 views
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The sumo festival started at 1 pm. They had kids and men on both sides of the sumo ring.106 views
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Lake Biwa shore105 views
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Mt. Ibuki in the background.105 views
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Yokozuna Hakuho performs the yokozuna dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony.105 views
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Also see the Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri here.105 views
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Snowcapped Mt. Ibuki and Mishima Pond in winter in Maibara.104 views
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Zabuton cushions with "Maibara Basho" imprinted were also sold for 1100 yen.104 views
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高見盛104 views
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Makunouchi dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony on the west side.104 views
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Arch to the sumo arena. 大相撲米原場所103 views
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Maibara basho zabuton cushions103 views
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Singing sumo jinku songs. 相撲甚句103 views
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Taiko drumming demonstration. 檜太鼓打分け103 views
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Paragliders. There is a paragliding school on the 3rd station where anyone can take a daylong or half-day paragliding lesson.102 views
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Kannonji temple Hondo main hall in Maibara, Shiga. Ishida Mitsunari was suppsedly a young monk here where he met Toyotomi Hideyoshi.102 views
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About 1,800 people attended the sumo tournament.101 views
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Entrance to Samegai Trout Farm (Yosonjo). Established in 1878 and operated by Shiga Prefecture, the Samegai Trout Farm is Asia's largest trout farm with many trout ponds. 醒井養鱒場99 views
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Kotooshu99 views
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Tosanoumi99 views
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Sunset on snowy Mt. Ibuki in winter at the 2nd station.96 views
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The sumo arena was under a large tent. The ground was covered by a blue, vinyl tarp.96 views
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Pulling it tight.95 views
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Note that this taiko dance will be canceled if it rains.95 views
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View from Kiyotaki Jinja Shrine94 views
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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94 views
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He faced all four directions before stepping down from the ring.94 views
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Banners above written with "Maibara Basho" and "Full House." It actually wasn't sold out.93 views
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Uneven match.93 views
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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.92 views
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Sumo souvenirs91 views
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Baruto practicing.91 views
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Mt. Ibuki or Ibukiyama is Shiga Prefecture's tallest mountain at 1,377 meters as well as one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains. It is well-known for the legend of Yamato Takeru and 1,200 species of wild flowers and plant life.91 views
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Hotaru (firefly) udon served by the Kashiwa restaurant inside Kashiwabara-juku History Museum in Maibara, Shiga. Firefly made of eggplant with the light from an egg slice.91 views
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Shrine grounds where the taiko drum dance is performed90 views
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They performed for about an hour and ended at around 4:15 pm. They were scheduled to end at 3:30 pm. Suijo is lucky to have such a great spectacle of a festival.90 views
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Snow on Mt. Ibuki and Lake Biwa as seen from the ski lift to the 3rd station.89 views
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Snowcapped Mt. Ibuki and half-frozen Mishima Pond in winter.89 views
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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.89 views
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Sumo tournament winners.89 views
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From 11:40 am, sumo matches began. Started with the Makushita wrestlers. (Notice their black mawashi belt.)88 views
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Chiyotaikai and Kotooshu88 views
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Kisenosato88 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.88 views
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Aerobics team from Hiroshima.87 views
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki practicing.87 views
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Now the top-division Makunouchi wrestlers start to fight. The judges enter. This is former Ozeki Kirishima.87 views
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Kokkai (left)87 views
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Then the children's sumo matches. Boys only, no girls. This was the main highlight and crowd pleaser.87 views
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Ibukiyama Driveway toll road going to Mt. Ibuki summit. 伊吹山ドライブウェイ86 views
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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.86 views
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Driver's cabin85 views
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One benefit of exhibition tournaments is that the rikishi are able to practice with different wrestlers from different stables.85 views
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Rice paddy85 views
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Skiing on Mt. Ibuki at the 3rd station. How it looked in the good old days.84 views
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Makunouchi dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony.84 views
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Sanyaku (top three ranking wrestlers) wrestlers: Ama, Hakuho, and Kaio.84 views
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The winners received various household and kitchen goods like towels, pillows, toaster, etc.84 views
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West side83 views
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Kaio vs. Kotooshu83 views
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Ama is the winner. In Nov. 2008, he was promoted to Ozeki and was renamed Harumafuji.83 views
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Ozeki83 views
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Bus and taxi stops at Maibara Station's west exit. On this side of the station, you'll find Heiwado department store and the Maibara City Hall. MAP83 views
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Baruto is a big guy. He's Ozeki material. (Currently Komusubi.)82 views
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Then for fun, they held random sumo matches regardless of age and size.82 views
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Maihara Hikiyama Matsuri is held annually on the three-day weekend in Oct. around the 10th (Sports Day, a national holiday). Sunday is the main day. Poster for the Maibara Hikiyama Matsuri held on Oct. 9-11, 2010.82 views
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Referee81 views
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Makushita match80 views
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At around 1:30 pm, the Makunouchi dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony is held. This is the east side.80 views
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Inside the sumo arena. It was pretty full. 80 views
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Lake Biwa79 views
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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.79 views
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Day's bouts.79 views
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Ozeki Kotomitsuki is interviewed.79 views
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It wasn't so crowded. There were some photographers, and it received local TV news coverage.79 views
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The children's sumo were based on age. And they got older.79 views
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