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Apr 23, 2018

Festival brings fans to scandal-hit sumo wrestling

Festival brings fans to scandal-hit sumo wrestling

As the ancient sport looks to move on from a raft of negative publicity, sumo fanatics and tourists alike flocked to the Spring Festival sumo tournament in Tokyo.

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Sumo wrestlers compete during an annual sumo tournament dedicated at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight during an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers pray during a ritual ceremony at the start of an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

Festival brings fans to scandal-hit sumo wrestling
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Sumo wrestlers pray during a ritual ceremony at the start of an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers take part in a Shinto ritual before the start of an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

Festival brings fans to scandal-hit sumo wrestling
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Sumo wrestlers pray during a ritual ceremony at the start of an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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A sumo wrestler grabs salt before competing during an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers pray during a ritual ceremony at the start of an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers and referees wait for the start of an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Young sumo referees wait for the start of an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers attend a training session before an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers take part in a Shinto ritual before the start of an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Georgian sumo wrestler Gagamaru carries a baby in a sumo ring during an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight during an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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