MagazineJul 21, 2017
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.
Tanabata festival decorations, made with a bamboo branch and strips of coloured paper, often with peopleÕs 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