Sumo is the national sport of Japan and its age is about 2000 years. This is the most ancient martial art in Japan, it includes many rituals associated with the religion of Shinto. In recent years, more and more foreign competitors appear in the top two divisions, and the current yokozuna (grand champion) is a Mongol.
1. Georgian sumo wrestler Gagamaru (left) participates in an exhibition tournament at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan, April 6, 2012. Hundreds of spectators have enjoyed this one-day event where sumo wrestlers showed their skills.
2. Mongolian sumo grand champion Hakuho performs ritual entrance into the ring during a demonstration tournament Honozumo in the walls of the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
3. sumo wrestler is a cherry blossom to the Yasukuni Shrine to participate in an exhibition tournament Honozumo.
4. yokozuna Hakuho from Mongolia throws his compatriot Kakuro during playoff match at the tournament Spring Grand Sumo tournament in Osaka on March 25, 2012. Hakuho won the tournament by winning the play-off match after the fighters ended the 15-day tournament with an equal score of 13-2.
5. Gneyting Kelly (right) throws Leon Arayva outside the ring during the National Championship in the US Sumo Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
6. Natalie Burns and town Arayv participate in the National Championship in the US Sumo Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
7. The three-time world champion Byamba shares his knowledge with the children in Los Angeles, California May 5, 2012. Byamba showed children the basic techniques and movements of sumo, and explained their cultural significance. Born in Mongolia Byambajav Ulambayar in sports since childhood. At age 15, he won the national championships for juniors judo, sambo, and Mongolian wrestling. At this time he was invited to participate in professional sumo in Japan. At 21 Byamba starred in a small sumo scene in the film, after which he took part in more than 120 television shows, commercials, and other events around the world. For 4 years sumo wrestler over 50 times traveled abroad for performances, traveling throughout the United States.
8. Sumo wrestlers take part in an acrobatic fight on Honozumo showcase tournament at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
9. Chris Jimenez (right) helps to fasten the belt to his father Randy Jimenez during the National Championship in the US Sumo Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
10. sumo wrestler ready to fight at the Museum of dolls Puppenhausmuseum in Basel, Switzerland.
11. Odzeki (champion) from Mongolia Harumafudzi (right) hugs his senior student after winning his last fight in the tournament Autumn Grand Sumo in Tokyo. Harumafudzi defeated yokozuna with the highest rating, and his compatriot Hakuho and won the tournament with a score of 15-0, beating Hakuho his score 13-2. Harumafudzi after the tournament received the title of yokozuna.
12. Mongolian wrestler throws his compatriot Harumafudzi yokozuna (grand champion) Hakuho during the final battle of the tournament 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo tournament, which he won.
13. Harumafudzi gets a cup from the Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda during the awarding ceremony of the tournament Autumn Grand Sumo tournament in Tokyo on September 23, 2012. Harumafudzi, winning the tournament and over Hakuho, virtually guarantees an outlet in the top-ranked yokozuna.
14. Cassio Gomes throws a handful of salt in the ring at the Championship of the Americas Sumo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 22 2012.
15. Maria Cedeño of Venezuela, the champion of women's faces with his opponent in the South American Championship in sumo Sana Paulo, July 22 2012.
16. Mongolian wrestler Harumafudzi holding a big red sea bream and smiling after he became the 70th yokozuna (grand champion), 26 September 2012.