• Short Summary

    A SPECIAL TOURNAMENT OF SUMO WRESTLING, ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST POPULAR SPORTS, WAS HELD IN THE YASUKUNI SHRINE IN TOKYO ON FRIDAY.

  • Description

    A SPECIAL TOURNAMENT OF SUMO WRESTLING, ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST POPULAR SPORTS, WAS HELD IN THE YASUKUNI SHRINE IN TOKYO ON FRIDAY. THE SHRINE IS DEDICATED TO THE JAPANESE WAR DEAD.

    THE SPORT OF SUMO HAS BEEN POPULAR IN JAPAN SINCE ABOUT THE SIXTH CENTURY. ON FRIDAY IT ATTRACTED TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE TO THE SPECIALLY ERECTED ARENA IN SHRINE. THE WRESTLERS ARE HUGE MEN, RENOWNED FOR THEIR STRENGTH AND SIZE. THEY WEIGH SOMETIMES AS MUCH AS THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY POUNDS (162 KILOGRAMS) AND STAND AS TALL AS SIX AND A HALF FEET.

    THE TWO MEN STAND IN THE CENTER OF A RING ABOUT TWELVE FEET IN DIAMETER. ITS BOUNDARY LINE IS MARKED BY A DOUBLE CIRCLE OF THICK STRAW ROPES ABOUT FOUR INCHES APART. THEN THE TRIAL OF STRENGTH BEGINS. THE OBJECT IS TO PUSH ONE'S OPPONENT OUT OF THE RING. AS SOON AS ANY PART OF HIS BODY TOUCHES THE GROUND OUTSIDE THE RING, THE WRESTLER LOOSES THE BOUT.

    THERE IS NO WEIGHT RESTRICTION IN THE CONTEST AND A MAN WEIGHING ONLY TWO HUNDRED POUNDS MAY WRESTLE WITH ANOTHER WEIGHING THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY POUNDS. EACH BOUT USUALLY LASTS ONLY HALF A MINUTE BUT THE PREPARATION FOR IT MAY TAKE AS LONG AS TEN MINUTES. THE WRESTLERS HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL MOMENT WHEN THEY ARE BOTH PREPARED FOR THE CONTEST.

    THE UMPIRE WEARS AN ANCIENT STYLE COSTUME AND HOLDS A LACQUERED FAN OF THE TYPE ONCE USED BY GENERALS TO SIGNAL A BATTLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8KJE8CR4RJ6C4ZQWXA5L7TGZG
    Media URN:
    VLVA8KJE8CR4RJ6C4ZQWXA5L7TGZG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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