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sumo fighters entering the ring - Tokyo Ryogoku

When a match begins, the wrestlers remove the decorative aprons they wear for the ring-entering ceremony and appear in tightly wrapped, fringed loincloths (torimawashi). These garments are made of sheets of silk satin up to forty feet long, with twisted strings that hang from the waist in the manner of sacred ropes on Shinto shrines.

 

# 92 on Explore 24th May, 2008

 

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