35 Photos - May 19, 2012
Photo: Flags for the tournament outside the kokugikan.Photo: The wall of the Kokugikan.Photo: Inside the Kokugikan.Photo: Chiri-o-kiru - part of the ceremony before each match.Photo: Shikiri - part of the ceremony before the match.Photo: Tachiai - the match begins.Photo: This match ended with a throw.Photo: Shiomaki - throwing salt to purify the ring.Photo: Sonkyo - part of the ceremony before the match.Photo: Pushing the face of the opponent is a common tactic.Photo: Pushing in the face (see previous photo) didn't help win this match.Photo: The entrance of the Maku-uchi (top division) Rikishi.Photo: The Maku-uchi (top division) West.Photo: The Maku-uchi (top division) West.Photo: One of the bigger Rikishi, a foreigner, wearing the ceremonial Mawashi.Photo: The Maku-uchi (top division) East.Photo: Hakuho, the only current Yokozuna (Grand Champion), during the Dohyo-iri ceremony that preceeds the matches of the Maku-uchi (top division).Photo: Hakuho, the only current Yokozuna (Grand Champion), during the Dohyo-iri ceremony that preceeds the matches of the Maku-uchi (top division).Photo: Hakuho, the only current Yokozuna (Grand Champion), during the Dohyo-iri ceremony that preceeds the matches of the Maku-uchi (top division).Photo: Hakuho, the only current Yokozuna (Grand Champion), during the Dohyo-iri ceremony that preceeds the matches of the Maku-uchi (top division).Photo: Takanoyama (right) is at a big weight disadvantage in this match against Asasekiryu.Photo: Takanoyama (right) is at a big weight disadvantage in this match against Asasekiryu.Photo: Takanoyama wins this match against Asasekiryu despite a big weight disadvantage (see previous photos).Photo: Inside the Kokugikan.Photo: Chiri-o-kiru - part of the ceremony before the match.Photo: Between the fights the sweep the ring and sometimes remove some of the (sacred) clay.Photo: The opponents in the Sonkyo pose.Photo: The opponents in Shikiri pose.Photo: This fight ended in a big throw.Photo: Advertising before the big fights.Photo: Baruto, one of the top Ozeki (champions), compared to a "normal" sized person.Photo: Hakuho (left) and Baruto facing off before the final match.Photo: Hakuho (left) and Baruto facing off before the final match.Photo: Yumitori shiki - the closing ceremony.Photo: Yumitori shiki - the closing ceremony.