Taken during the Sumo Grand Championships in Tokyo, March 2010.
So the deal insofar as I was able to establish is that (in the higher divisions especially) these two men-mountains face each other off after an elaborate ritual of moves, slaps and ceremonial throwing of salt. Then they crouch and stare at each other, ready to unleash kilos of flesh at each other explosively.
Stare…. stare…. stare…
Oh, wait. The vibe isn’t right.
One of the two gets up and then it’s time for both to do some more stretching, glaring, slapping of thighs, and throwing of more salt.
Then crouch… then stare…. stare…. stare…
Oh, wait. The vibe still isn’t right.
Head back for more stretching salt… always salt.
(Rinse, lather, repeat until tension hits fever pitch, or the five minute clock runs out).
But always remember: toss the salt.
Now, this guy isn’t Grand Champion Hakuho or anything, but damnit, he can throw salt like nobody else. (I had several opportunities to take this shot once I realised this guy was GOOD)