The Nagoya Sumo Tournament (basho) begins tomorrow and a stable of wrestlers up from Tokyo is preparing for the competition at a temporary ring set up at Akibasan Jinganji Temple near my house.
On the advice of my local liquor store owner, who supplies the wrestlers with copious quantities of beer and other staples, I went up to see them train this morning.
There was lots of friendly banter and laughs as the wrestlers practiced their moves and I was struck how graceful they were on their feet, almost like 150kg ballet dancers.
At the end of the session they laid salt in the ring to spell out the kanji character for "Victory."
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