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Sumo by JamesBardolph Sumo by JamesBardolph
Osaka, Japan, March 2012. The junior divisions.

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Lytrigian Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Do you remember who these rikishi are?
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:iconjamesbardolph:
No, this was very early in the day, I believe they were juniors. I think I might still have the program for the day at home, however I would not know which Rikishi they were.
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Lytrigian Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, they are clearly from the lower divisions. Both the wrestlers and the referees dress differently. The totally empty stands are another hint! People don't start to show up in numbers until the top two divisions are fighting.

There are six divisions in professional sumo: Jonokuchi, Jonidan, Sandanme, Makushita, Juryo, and Makuuchi. Only the wrestlers of the top two, Juryo and Makuuchi, receive regular salaries and enjoy all the privileges of rank.
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Thanks for the info!
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devilicious Mar 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
AWESOMENESS :nod: how insane was that to see? :fight:
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:iconjamesbardolph:
It was thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable! I have lots of stories and pictures to show - I will do a blog or something at some point. I still have three rolls to develop first! Hope you are doing well!
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nikhil Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Do the wrestlers sprinkle salt(if that's what it is...) before the practice match as well?

Great frame.
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It is salt, yes and the juniors do not have the same privileges that the higher ranked sumo have, they pretty much have to just get on with it. The high rank sumo can hype it up for a max of 4 minutes before they start and throw salt around!
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:iconrastislav:
This is a great moment... and well framed!
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