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Jul 21, 2017

Getting to grips with sumo

Getting to grips with sumo

With rare permission granted by sumo's governing body, Reuters was able to observe the prestigious Tomozuna stable's wrestlers training at their temporary Buddhist temple base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament that kicked off last week, gaining insight into the intricacies of sumo.

Getting to grips with sumo
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Sumo wrestler Kyokutaisei poses for a photograph with a baby after their training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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"Chanko nabe", a signature hot-pot dish associated with sumo wrestlers, is seen in a main hall at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers take a nap using oxygen masks in the main hall of Ganjoji Yakushido temple, in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers Kyokutaisei, Mongolian-born Kyokushuho, Brazilian-born Kaisei and Asahisho, prepare to leave the Ganjoji Yakushido temple for a dinner being hosted for them, in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Tanabata festival decorations, made with a bamboo branch and strips of coloured paper, often with peopleƕs wishes written on them, are presented to sumo wrestlers from kindergarteners, at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers of the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestler Kaiho eats a "chanko" meal in the main hall of Ganjoji Yakushido temple, in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestler Kainoryu (R) plays with kindergarten children at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Brazilian-born sumo wrestler Kaisei (L), and Mongolian-born sumo wrestler Kyokushuho tape up during training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Mongolian-born Tomozuna Oyakata, or master of the Tomozuna stable, attends his wrestlers' training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

Getting to grips with sumo
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Mongolian-born Tomozuna Oyakata, or master of the Tomozuna stable, signs autographs for fans after a training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. REUTERS/Issei Kato SEARCH "KATO SUMO" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestler Kyokutaisei uses his smart phone during a break in his private compartment at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestler Kyokuhozan takes a break during training at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Mongolian-born Tomozuna Oyakata, or master of the Tomozuna stable (L), attends his wrestlers' training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Mongolian-born Tomozuna Oyakata (3rd L), or master of the Tomozuna stable, and his wrestlers eat a meal inside the main hall of Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Mongolian-born sumo wrestler Kyokushuho has his hair fixed after a training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestler Kainishiki returns to training at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestler Kaiho takes part in a training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestler Kaiho reacts during a training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Lunch dishes, some provided by local fans and well-wishers, are seen in the main hall of Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestler Kaiho stands on a sumo ring as he prepares for a training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Local residents observe a sumo training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple, in Nagoya, central Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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A sand-covered loincloth, or mawashi, worn by a sumo wrestler is seen during a training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestler Kaiho sleeps using a mask in main hall of Ganjoji Yakushido temple, in Nagoya, Japan, July 5, 2017. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

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