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kotoshogiku sumo

Kotoshogiku on final day of January 2010 tournament

One of these days I’ll get back to Japan and shoot some sumo now that I actually know how to photograph indoor sports.

More than six years ago, when I took today’s photo, Kotoshogiku was a rather mediocre komusubi (the fourth highest rank). He lost this bout and finished the tournament 6-9. Recently he has been much better. He was the first Japanese sumo wrestler to win a tournament, this past January, in over a decade. In the current March tournament he is undefeated. Another tournament yusho and he could become the first Japanese yokozuna in a long while.

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