In the end of May 2015 the 16th WKC took place in Nippon Budokan, Tokyo. These photos are taken during the first official day of the event (Friday) – Men Individual. At the photos you may recognize – Nobuo Hirakawa, Masahiro Miyazaki, the eventual world champion Amishiro, the runner up Takenouchi, the coach of Japan – Ishida Toshiya, the former All Japan and world champion Tetsuo Harada and more….
Harumafuji Yokozuna dohyo-iri (Shiranui, ring-engering ceremony) during day 3 of the Natsu Basho 2017. The tachimochi was Takarafuji and Daishomaru as tsuyuharai.
Kotoōshū Katsunori is a former professional sumo wrestler or rikishi. He made his debut in 2002, reaching the top division just two years later. In 2005 he reached the rank of ōzeki or ‘champion’, the second-highest level in the sumo ranking system behind only yokozuna. On May 24, 2008, Kotoōshū made history by becoming the first European sumo wrestler to win an Emperor’s Cup.
A mikoshi (神輿) is a divine palanquin (also translated as portable Shinto shrine). Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine.