Sumos' day out

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'Yokozuma' or grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia (C) performs a ritual as another wrestler holds his child as they take part in a sumo exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. Sumo wrestlers took part in 'honozumo', a ceremonial one-day exhibition for hundreds of spectators held within the shrine's precincts. AFP/Richard A Brooks

'Yokozuma' or grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia (C) performs a ritual as another wrestler holds his child as they take part in a sumo exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. Sumo wrestlers took part in 'honozumo', a ceremonial one-day exhibition for hundreds of spectators held within the shrine's precincts. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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Members of the public sit under cherry blossoms as they watch an exhibition of sumo wrestling at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

Members of the public sit under cherry blossoms as they watch an exhibition of sumo wrestling at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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Sumo wrestlers line up along the ring before the start of their bouts during a sumo exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

Sumo wrestlers line up along the ring before the start of their bouts during a sumo exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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Sumo wrestlers walk under cherry blossoms in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

Sumo wrestlers walk under cherry blossoms in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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'Yokozuma' or grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia holds his child in the ring as he jokes around for the crowd before taking part in a sumo exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

'Yokozuma' or grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia holds his child in the ring as he jokes around for the crowd before taking part in a sumo exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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A group of sumo wrestlers walk under cherry blossoms at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

A group of sumo wrestlers walk under cherry blossoms at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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A sumo wrestler buys a drink as he attends an exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

A sumo wrestler buys a drink as he attends an exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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Sumo wrestler 'yokozuma' or grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia (R), 'ozeki' ranking Baruto of Estonia (2nd R), 'ozeki' Harumafugi of Mongolia and 'ozeki' Kotooshu of Bulgaria (back L) bow during a 'honozuma' traditional ceremony at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

Sumo wrestler 'yokozuma' or grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia (R), 'ozeki' ranking Baruto of Estonia (2nd R), 'ozeki' Harumafugi of Mongolia and 'ozeki' Kotooshu of Bulgaria (back L) bow during a 'honozuma' traditional ceremony at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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A sumo wrestler picks up a handful of salt to throw into the ring before his bout for luck in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

A sumo wrestler picks up a handful of salt to throw into the ring before his bout for luck in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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Sumo wrestlers depart after attending a traditional Shinto ceremony at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

Sumo wrestlers depart after attending a traditional Shinto ceremony at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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The 'top knot' of a sumo wrestler's hair is pictured as he attends the exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

The 'top knot' of a sumo wrestler's hair is pictured as he attends the exhibition at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. AFP/Richard A Brooks

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