Sumo Ring Ceremony<br />
Sumo wrestlers in a dohyo-iri (ring ceremony). The lowest-ranked rikishi (sumo wrestler) enters first and walks a complete circle around the ring followed by the rest of the rikishi in ascending rank order. They position themselves around the ring, facing the spectators. Once they are all in place, they turn inward and face each other. They clap their hands once, raise their right hand, lift their kesho-mawashi (decorative aprons created for the ring ceremony), and finally raise both hands in unison. This tradition goes back to the samurai days and represents the rikishi showing each other that none is armed.<br />
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Location: Ryƍgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan




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