• Short Summary

    Giant Japanese Sumo wrestlers put on exhibition bouts at the Yasukuni Shinto shrine in Tokyo, April 28, erected to Japan's war dead, to dedicate their pugilistic art to the local gods, and to entertain and comfort bereaved families of Japanese killed in war.

  • Description

    Giant Japanese Sumo wrestlers put on exhibition bouts at the Yasukuni Shinto shrine in Tokyo, April 28, erected to Japan's war dead, to dedicate their pugilistic art to the local gods, and to entertain and comfort bereaved families of Japanese killed in war.

    Some of these professional wrestlers are seven feet tall and have huge paunches. Sumo represents a part-ritual, part-sport form of Japanese entertainment; it waned for a period of several years after the war, but recovered popularity with the advent of TV.

    Sumo claims the position of a national sport and the champions are admired and loved by a large number of fans, surprisingly, among the younger sets who normally tend to disregard traditional Japanese cults.

    The wrestlers compete with 48 strictly controlled grips and holds on a sandy ring fifteen-feet across and encircled by sacks of rice straw. A costumed referee with a long-handled fan at the end of each bout, announces each winner by name and rank. The wrestlers battle naked save for a belly-belt-G-atring combination.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7MH5QX7CPOTUA64S9DJ453RWE
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MH5QX7CPOTUA64S9DJ453RWE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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