Sumo ceremony marks Harumafuji promotion to grand champion

September 29, 2012

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

A ceremony marking the promotion of sumo wrestler Harumafuji to the highest-ranked yokozuna, or grand champion, was held in the Meijijingu shrine in Tokyo on Sept. 28.

He received a letter of recommendation for the new rank from the chairman of the Japan Sumo Association, Kitanoumi.

Harumafuji performed his first-ever dohyoiri in the shiranui style. Dohyoiri is a ring-entering ceremony.

"I aimed to carry out a beautiful dohyoiri," he said.

Mongolian wrestler Harumafuji became the 70th yokozuna after winning two grand sumo tournaments in a row. They were held in July and September.

Harumafuji then reflected on his status as yokozuna.

"I will do my best, with all my heart," he said.

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
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New yokozuna Harumafuji performs his dohyoiri in the shiranui style in Meijijingu shrine in Tokyo on Sept. 28. (Shiro Nishihata)

New yokozuna Harumafuji performs his dohyoiri in the shiranui style in Meijijingu shrine in Tokyo on Sept. 28. (Shiro Nishihata)

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  • New yokozuna Harumafuji performs his dohyoiri in the shiranui style in Meijijingu shrine in Tokyo on Sept. 28. (Shiro Nishihata)

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