• Short Summary

    THE 15-DAY AUTUMN SPECIAL SUMO WRESTLING TOURNAMENT, DEDICATED TO THE SHRINE OF THE YASUKUNI (UNKNOWN SOLDIERS), OPENED IN TOKYO YESTERDAY (6 OCTOBER) BEFORE AN ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD OF SPECTATORS.

  • Description

    1.
    L.S. THE YASUKUNI SHRINE SPECIAL SUMO WRESTLING ARENA


    2 - 8.
    M.S. M.L.S. L.S. C.S. VARIOUS SHOTS OF THE SPECTATORS WHO OUTWATCH THE SUMO WRESTLING.


    9.
    SEMI-FINAL ELIMINATION. CHAMPION MUTSUARASHI WHO THROW SALT TO PURIFY THE RING ARENA (AND TAIRYUKAWA RIGHT).



    MUTSUARASHI PUSHES OUT CHAMPION TAIRYUKAWA.


    10.
    SEMI-FINAL CHAMPION SHIP BY MYUBUTANI (LEFT) TALL AND STRONG CHAMPION VS ARASHIYAMA (RIGHT)



    MYUBUTANI (LEFT) TALL AND STRONG CHAMPION LIFTED ARASHIYAMA OUT OF THE RING AND WON.


    11.
    M.L.S. CHAMPION MUTSUARASHI (LEFT) AND CHAMPION MYUBUTANI (RIGHT) AS A RESULT OF PUSHING EACH OTHER. MUTSUARASHI PUSHES OUT ANOTHER CHAMPION MYUBUTANI AND MUTSUARASHI WON.


    12.
    M.S. TO L.S. THE DEDICATION SUMO WRESTLING SIGNBOARD TO THE YASUKUNI SHRINE DEDICATED TO UNKNOWN SOLDIER LIKE THAT OF CENOTAPH OF LONDON WHERE THE ANNUAL CEREMONY IS TAKEN PLACE.



    YASUKUNI SHRINE; SEMI-FINAL ELIMINATION BOUT BETWEEN CHAMPION MUTSUARASHI AND TAIRYUKAWA; SEMI-FINAL BETWEEN MYUBUTANI AND ARASHIYAMA, MYUBUTANI WINNING; MUTSUARASHI BEATING MYUBUTANI IN FINAL.




    Initials WW/VS/MR/ES


    SPORT: WRESTLING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE 15-DAY AUTUMN SPECIAL SUMO WRESTLING TOURNAMENT, DEDICATED TO THE SHRINE OF THE YASUKUNI (UNKNOWN SOLDIERS), OPENED IN TOKYO YESTERDAY (6 OCTOBER) BEFORE AN ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD OF SPECTATORS.

    IN FOUR TOURNAMENTS EVERY YEAR, THE MASTERS OF SUMO THROW THEMSELVES FEROCIOUSLY AT EACH OTHER, TO THE DELIGHT OF MILLIONS OF JAPANESE. THEIR BRIEF CLASHES ARE PRECEDED BY AN ELABORATE DISPLAY OF RITUAL THAT ONLY THE JAPANESE APPETITE FOR INTRICACY CAN APPRECIATE.

    THE TWO OPPONENTS FIRST RINSE THEIR MOUTHS WITH WATER TO SYMBOLISE THE CLEANSING OF BODY AND MIND AND THEN EXTEND THEIR ARMS, WITH THE PALMS OF THE HANDS UPPERMOST, TO SHOW THE GODS THAT NO WEAPONS ARE CONCEALED.

    TO PURIFY THE RING, SALT IS SCATTERED FREELY ON THE SANDY FLOOR, WHICH BOTH COMBATANTS THEN STAMP TO DRIVE AWAY ANY EVIL SPIRITS.

    THEN FOLLOWS A LENGTHY STINT OF AGGRESSIVE CROUCHING WHILE THE WRESTLERS SIZE EACH OTHER UP -- NOT A DIFFICULT TASK, AS THE ARTISTRY OF THEIR LACQUERED COIFFURES CORRESPONDS TO THEIR OFFICIAL SUMO RANKING.

    THE WRESTLERS THEN TRY TO PUSH, THROW, OR OTHERWISE HELP THEIR OPPONENTS OUT OF THE 15-FOOT (FIVE-METRE) DIAMETER RING.

    SUMO WRESTLERS, ALL OF WHOM ARE WELL OVER SIX FEET (1.83 METRES) IN HEIGHT, HAVE A MASSIVE DIET OF BEER AND BEEF, AND THROUGH THIS AND THEIR TRAINING ACHIEVE A WEIGHT OF MORE THAN 300 POUNDS (ABOUT 135 KILOGRAMMES). THE WORLD OF SUMO HAS BEEN DOMINATED FOR MANY YEARS BY THE YOKOZUNA (GRAND CHAMPION) TAIHO, WHO STANDS AT SIX FEET THREE INCHES (1.9 METRES) AND WEIGHTS 330 POUNDS (ABOUT 150 KILOGRAMMES).

    THERE ARE 800 PROFESSIONAL SUMO WRESTLERS IN JAPAN TODAY, AND ALL THE CHAMPIONS AND THE GRAND CHAMPION ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE AUTUMN TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR.

    ON THE OPENING DAY, CHAMPION MUTSUARASHI BEAT CHAMPION TALK TAIRYUKAWA IN ONE BOUT AND THEN MET THE WINNER OF THE BOUT BETWEEN ARASHIYAMA AND MYUBUTANI, OVERCOMING MYUBUTANI IN THE FINAL MEETING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVANW82HC3VZJRRO1EWJIJTKYAE
    Media URN:
    VLVANW82HC3VZJRRO1EWJIJTKYAE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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