Asashoryu, the feisty Mongolian. First person from his land to become a Grand Champion. Set the top rank alight collecting the championship 25 times. Caused scandal after scandal during his turbulent career. Great entertainer. Retired January 2010
Sumo wrestlers clash in a ring in Nagoya. Once supported by the patronage of emperors, Japan’s national sport has roots going back nearly 1,500 years. Short but intense, most matches last less than a minute, with the grandly attired gyoji serving as referee.
A sumo wrestling referee at the Ryogoku stadium in Tokyo, Japan