Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs of

SUMO - Japanese wrestling

Photographs taken in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable during Asa Geiko (morning practice).

Sumo - Japan's national sport - originated 1500 years ago as religious performances to the Shinto gods. According to a Japanese legend, the origin of the Japanese people was determined by the outcome of a sumo match. The Japanese god Takemikazuchi won over the leader of a rival tribe and thus established the Japanese people as the masters of Japan. Sumo matches were originally a ritual aimed at securing better harvests. It was incorporated in the Imperial Court, and developed into a sport in the 17th century.The basic rules of sumo are simple: The wrestler who either first touches the floor with something else than his sole or leaves the ring before his opponent, loses. The fights themselves usually last only a few seconds and in rare cases up to one minute or more.

Other Sumo photos are here.

Photographs by Frantisek Staud


 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestler stretching during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestler stretching during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestler stretching during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestler stretching during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestler stretching during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Beaten <br> Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice, Tokyo, Japan
 Takanosato, former Yokozuna (grand champion), talking to Sumo wrestlers during morning practice <br> Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Takanosato, former Yokozuna (grand champion), watches Sumo wrestlers during morning practice <br> Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Takanosato, former Yokozuna (grand champion), shows his skills to Sumo wrestlers during morning practice <br> Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers warming up during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers warming up before morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers warming up during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Beaten <br> Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice, Tokyo, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers sweeping their ring before morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Beaten <br> Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice, Tokyo, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers sweeping ring before morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers sweeping their ring before morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers sweeping ring before morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Detail of Sumo traditional wear - mawashi, Japan
 Detail of bandaged ankle of a Sumo wrestler, Tokyo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestler wearing mawashi, Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Pavel Bojar, the only Czech in Japanese professional Sumo, fighting in Tokyo stable, Japan
 Pavel Bojar, the only Czech in Japanese professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Pavel Bojar, the only Czech in Japanese professional Sumo, prepares for a clash in Tokyo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers asking for clash during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers preparing for a clash in Tokyo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestler warming up during morning practice, Tokyo, Japan
 Sumo wrestler warming up in front of a mirror during morning practice, Tokyo, Japan
 Sumo wrestler warming up during morning practice, Tokyo, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Sumo wrestlers fighting during morning practice in a Tokyo professional Sumo stable, Japan
 Statue of Sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku district, Tokyo, Japan
 Wall decoration with paintings of Sumo wrestlers, Tokyo, Japan

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