Japan 2007 - spring

Yokozuna drives out evil

Before the final matches, the yokozuna (sumo grand champion) perfoms a ritual which displays the intent of the fighters to compete fairly without weapons, and to drive evil from the ring (that's what the stomping is all about).

"Yokozuna" literally means "wide rope", you can see it as the badge of office around his waist.

Sorry this one's a little blurry, we had to return to our cheap seats.

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